Dionardo B. Carlos

Carlos orders crackdown on fake vaccination cards

January 16, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 375 views

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos yesterday ordered a crackdown on persons carrying fake vaccination cards in order to skip strict border control and transport restrictions in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

He also said that stiff sanctions will face persons passing off counterfeit vaccination cards to cheat transport restriction imposed by some local government units.

“Don’t ever attempt to falsify the vaccination card or else you’ll face raps. Remember, this is an offense under the Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law. If you are caught falsifying, tampering, or using a fake vaccination card, you will be slapped with penalties including a P20,000 to P50,000 fine or imprisonment of one to six months or both,” Gen. Carlos explained.

He cited a case in Mindanao wherein Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani posted on her Facebook page photos of two confiscated fake vaccination cards.

According to Mayor Guiani, the fake vaxx cards were presented at a border checkpoint by two individuals but authorities became doubtful after observing that the 1st and 2nd doses indicated in the two cards only had a 10-day gap.

“Since more local government units are now under stricter restrictions, chief executives may opt to implement the ‘no vaccination, no entry’ policy in establishments or entry points, including checkpoints,” Gen. Carlos said.

The Department of Transportation has also released an order prohibiting unvaccinated individuals from boarding public utility vehicles.

Gen. Carlos believes these instances can trigger other persons to desperately look for ways to move outdoors even if they are yet to get the jab.

To exercise prudence, the PNP has access to an electronic verification system to check if a person is already vaccinated through the database of the respective LGUs or the Department of Health.