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8 Travelers from South Africa Giving False Information to Face Charges – DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) will file charges against 8 travelers from South Africa if proved that they provide wrong information.

The Department of Health has cautioned that if tourists provide false information on the health declaration form, criminal charges would be brought against them. According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, anonymous South African passengers submitted fraudulent information.

“Kapag nahuli sila, masita sila, ay kakasuhan natin dahil hindi naman puwede ‘yung ganong naglalagay ka ng mga impormasyon na hindi tama, hindi totoo,” said Duque, chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“Kagaya niyan,gusto mo mag backtracing, mahihirapan ka mag-backtra­cing dahil hindi mo alam saan mo sila hahanapin ngayon. So pinapaim­bestiga pa din natin yan at tinitignan ano ang mga lead,” he added.

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Travelers are liable under Republic Act No. 11332, or the Law on Reporting Communicable Disease, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. One of the eight Filipino passengers wanted in South Africa was recognized by the government yesterday.

The Filipino tourist is already inhome quarantine and has no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as well as a negative RT-PCR test result. From November 15 to November 29, seven more returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs)’ are expected to arrive in the nation.

Three of them started their agency number and were not personal, according to the DOH. One give an incorrect phone number, one provided an incomplete number, and two were no longer reachable.

“We are continuously getting in touch with our local government units and other partners to be able to contact these individuals,” Vergeire said.

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