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Charges Filed Against 2 Suspects in Sale of COVID-19 Vaccination Slots

The authorities have filed criminal charges against the two (2) suspects who were discovered involved in sale of COVID-19 vaccination slots.

The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has filed a complaint against the people who are selling a disputed vaccine slot. Cycle Cedric Bonifacio and Melvin Polo Gutierrez were among the accused, according to PNP-CIDG Director BGen. Albert Ferro.

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The CIDG filed charges against the two suspects with the Mandaluyong City Prosecutors Office, alleging that they violated article 315 of the Revised Penal Code, or estafa, as well as the anti-red tape statute of 2007 and the anti-cybercrime statute.

In contrast to previous reports, Ferro stated that Bonifacio and Gutierrez are not Mandaluyong City Hall workers. The anomalous transaction was initially reported by vlogger Nina Elaine Dizon, who disclosed that the victims of the two may receive a vaccine slot in the cities of Mandaluyong and San Juan despite not being inhabitants of both places.

According to PNP Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the CIDG is still looking into the issue because additional people could be involved. Bonifacio mentioned Gutierrez, a fire and barangay volunteer who reportedly helped him acquire a vaccination slot in Mandaluyong City, when he surrendered and delivered a statement, according to the PNP Chief.

“May this serve as a warning to others who try to deceive the system of our national vaccination program by filing a case against Bonifacio and Gutierrez,” Eleazar said. Eleazar urged the public not to spend money on vaccinations because the government provides them for free.

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