Charges will be filed against a 19-year-old who used fake documents to gain entry into Negros Occidental and two others who entered EB Magalona town without any S-PaSS (Safe, Swift and Smart Passage) in violation of COVID-19 protocols, Mayor Marvin Malacon said Monday, August 9.
The 19-year-old who submitted a fake Red Cross COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test report, also used a certification that he is a resident of Barangay Alicante, EB Magalona, when he is in fact a resident of Cadiz City, Malacon said.
The provincial government quarantined him on arrival in Negros Occidental on August 3 and he was swabbed for an RT-PCR test, Malacon said.
The EB Magalona municipal government will file charges against the 19-year-old for violation of Republic Act 1132 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act”, and the executive order of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson requiring persons entering the province to have negative RT-PCR test results, Malacon said.
Malacon said the town government is also filing charges against two persons who traveled from northern Negros and entered EB Magalona without any S-PaSS.
They are filing charges to teach people lessons that they cannot violate COVID-19 protocols, he said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also said he will leave the case of the 19-year-old to the Provincial Legal Office to act on.
“We take this as a very serious offense, which endangers the lives of others,” Lacson said.*