8 Bangsamoro Policemen Charge for Using Fake Swab Test Results to Enter Zamboanga
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar ordered to file charges against 6 Bangsamoro policemen who used fake swab test results to enter Zamboanga.
Eleazar said in a statement that he ordered the Bangsamoro regional police to press charges against the eight police officers who allegedly tried to enter Zamboanga using forged COVID-19 test results. Eleazar went on to say that the PNP has zero tolerance for such unethical behavior.
The police officers will face criminal charges for violating Section 9, paragraph B (tampering with documents or willfully submitting false information) of Republic Act 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, according to Eleazar.
The Zamboanga City Police Department has recommended that charges be filed against the eight people who attempted to enter the city last Monday aboard the M/V Cassey Beatrise, which arrived from Jolo, Sulu; and the M/Vs Stephani and Crystal Jane 5, which arrived from Isabela City and Lamitan City, Basilan.
The eight were apprehended at the Zamboanga Port by City Health Office personnel, the majority of whom are ranking patrolmen. The eight were subsequently taken to City Police Station 11 (Central), where they were issued citations.
They were also forced to pay local penalties and submit to quarantine and swab testing before being returned to their origin ports. Eleazar believes the incident should serve as a stark reminder to other officers to uphold the law and create a positive example for the people.
“Papaano tayo seseryosohin at rerespetuhin ng publiko kung tayo mismo ang hindi sumusunod sa batas? Being a policeman doesn’t mean we are above the law. Hindi tayo exempted,” Eleazar said.
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