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DILG Warns Charges, Fines Against Individuals Using Fake Vaccination Cards

The Department of Interior on Local Government (DILG) has warned individuals to face charges and fines for using fake vaccination cards.

Arnel Agabe, Director of DILG Region 10, has issued a public alert about people who are using phony coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination cards. The warning was issued after his office received information on a Cagayan de Oro City citizen who was arrested for peddling false vaccination cards.

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Agabe reminds the people to not falsify their vaccination cards in order to avoid being imprisoned. Under the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 11332, often known as “the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law,” anyone discovered forging or using phony vaccination cards faces a fine of P20,000 to P50,000 or imprisonment of one to six months, or both.

“Public officers and employees, as well as licensed professionals, who commit such criminal acts, will face a higher penalty, and an administrative case will be filed with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) or the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for revocation or suspension of their license or eligibility,” according to the DILG. ”

A vaccination card is a document that contains information on a person’s vaccination history, including the date of the vaccination and the vaccine brand used. Meanwhile, a team from the Northern Mindanao Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-10) arrested a woman who accepted marked money in exchange for a fake vaccination card.

The CIDG-10, on the other hand, did not reveal the suspect’s name or any other information about her. A photo of her was uploaded on the CIDG-10 Facebook page, but her name and eyes were obscured.

The culprit was apprehended in Zone 7, Barangay Bulua, according to the agency. Two marked PHP100 bills, a set of bills totaling PHP2,500, five false vaccination cards, a laptop, a printer, a laminating machine, and a paper cutter were confiscated during the operation.

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