Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante is studying whether they should also take legal action against a 19-year-old student who entered Negros Occidental with a fake negative RT-PCR test result and S-PaSS.
The student who is from Cadiz City had obtained a barangay certification that she was a resident of Barangay Alicante, EB Magalona, in order to return to the province.
Her application to return to Cadiz City had been rejected because they detected that her RT-PCR test result was fake and she was not issued an S-PaSS, the mayor said.
The 19-year-old was advised to have a test again but instead got a barangay certificate in EB Magalona to return to Cadiz, Escalante said.
When they learned that she had arrived in Cadiz City she was picked up by the city’s Inter-Agency Task Force team and quarantined, Escalante said.
Since she arrived she has undergone an RT-PCR test that yielded negative results but will be quarantined for the meantime, Escalante said.
She will be tested again for COVID-19 after seven days, he said.
Escalante said he will meet with the City Legal Officer to see what action should be taken.
The source of the fake RT-PCR should be found and she is willing to cooperate, he said.
Mayor Marvin Malacon earlier said EB Magalona will file charges against the 19-year-old for using fake documents.
People who enter the province with fake RT-PCR results endanger others, this practice must be stopped, he said.
Malacon said a friend of the 19-year-old facilitated the issuance of her Barangay Alicante certification.
It is important that those entering EB Magalona have authentic RT- PCR test results to protect residents from COVID-19, Malacon said.*