IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Font used in phony RT-PCR test uncovers violation

BACOLOD CITY–Eagle-eyed inspectors at the Office of the Governor in Negros Occidental yesterday spotted a bogus RT-PCR test submitted by a 19-year old male by comparing its font or typeface to that of an authentic certificate.

The man, who allegedly paid P2,000 for his “certification”, was planning to return home to the province from Manila but was denied the go-ahead by authorities, especially since his S-PaSS was also deemed fake.

It wasn’t clear whether the man was already at the port of exit in Batangas when his documents were found to be counterfeit.

“The fake certification was made to appear as though it came from the Philippine National Red Cross Molecular Laboratory in Mandaluyong City,” disclosed Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator.

But the font gave it away, said Charina Magallanes-Tan, executive assistant to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.

“We verified with the Red Cross and proved it was forged,” she added.

According to Lacson, he leaves it to the Provincial Legal Office to take whatever action is proportionate to the violation.

“But we consider this a serious offense,” the governor said.

An incident report on the matter is expected to be submitted by the unnamed local government unit where the man is from.

Meanwhile, at the New Government Center of Bacolod City, 14 employees of the Public Information Office have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine. While it is not known if all of them had already received their vaccinations, 19 of the total 20 employees assigned at the said office are reportedly completely inoculated. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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