BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
Police authorities in Cagayan de Oro City arrested on Monday three persons who were suspected of making and selling fake vaccination cards for Covid-19.
Arrested during an entrapment operation along Chavez and Pabayo Streets in Barangay 3 were Faisodin Dimakuta Comacasar, 32, a resident of Marantao, Lanao del Sur; Acmad Macapaar Musa, 28, and Jamaloden Ampaso Pacasum, 36, both residents of Marawi City.
Police said the three were believed to be behind the proliferation of fake vaccination cards in the city and nearby areas.
Recovered from their possession were seven pieces of Php500 bills, three laptops, two printers, seven pieces of fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, and a bundle of blank white cards. They are now temporarily detained at Police Station 1 custodial facility.
Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 10 office, said they are still doing further investigation to identify other persons who are also doing the same illegal business.
“The police will continue to assist concerned agencies in implementing the health protocol that includes the conduct of operation to arrest these people who deliberately disregard the law and don’t have respect for the people,” Olaivar said.
She said the suspects and those who are into the same trade are not helping the government.
“They are not helping the individual by selling fake vaccination cards. They are putting the health of a person and the community at risk,” Olaivar said.
Under the law, individuals who are found faking or using a fake Covid-19 vaccination card may pay a penalty of between Php20,000 to Php50,000, be imprisoned for one to six months, or be slapped with both penalties.