NegOcc Capitol to charge 2 more ROFs for falsification

THE Bacolod-Silay Airport has recently been a ‘hub’ of mis-declarations and falsified documents, which Atty. Rayfrando Diaz (inset) says will be punished in accordance with the law./INews (Photos: Facebook and Negros PLO)

BACOLOD CITY–The provincial government of Negros Occidental is readying charges for falsification of public documents and violation of health protocols against two more returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, identified on Tuesday one of the two returning Negrenses as a resident of Sagay City who declared he came from Saudi Arabia and, the other, a resident of Cadiz City allegedly from Turkey.

Diaz said the Sagay City resident listed himself as a locally stranded individual (LSI) on his return documents. The Cadiz City resident, on the other hand, not only falsified his quarantine certificate but also did not undergo quarantine in Manila.

Earlier, a couple from Pontevedra, who touched down in Manila from London via Istanbul, Turkey, on December 30, 2020, with their son, also reportedly mis-declared themselves as LSIs upon arrival in Bacolod via Air Asia on January 16, 2021.

Following their mandatory swabbing at the Bacolod- Silay Airport, the spouses were diagnosed as COVID-positive. Their son tested negative.

The Provincial Legal Office, according to Diaz, is now preparing the case against them.

He added that they will request the Sanggunian Panlalawigan to pass a resolution authorizing Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to file the case.

Diaz said that the two, more recent Negrense balikbayans will face charges for falsification of public documents and violation of health protocols.

“We have already sent a letter to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) to inform them that these things are happening here on the ground,” he stated. “My appeal is for NIATF to plug the gaps to ensure that these things won’t happen again in the future.”/(Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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