MANILA – A man who tried to buy goods from a pharmacy in Pasig using fake money was apprehended by authorities on Wednesday, police said.
The suspect, identified as Fernando de Leon, 34, tried to pay the cashier with a counterfeit P1,000 bill, reports said. When frisked by police, seven more P1,000 bills and three P500 bills were found in De Leon’s pockets.
"Sa bulsa niya nakita ang mga pera na yan... sabi niya hindi raw niya alam pero nung kinapkapan na, nakita sa bulsa niya," Chief Insp. Renante Galang, CIDG-EPD chief, said.
Galang said there have been reports of fake bills proliferating in Brgy Sta. Lucia in Pasig City, prompting them to urge establishments in the area to report incidents involving bogus bills.
De Leon’s two cohorts, however, were able to elude arrest, reports said.
According to Galang, the fake bills can be bought for P200 to P250 from a syndicate.
The suspect, Galang said, has a previous arrest record for the same offense. He may be a member of the Talavera fake money group which operates in nearby provinces in the North and Bicol region, he added.
Galang said members of the syndicate often operate inside cockpit arenas where people are rarely able to check the authenticity of money.
Fake bills are smooth to the touch and do not have water marks, Galang noted.
“Iba ang itsura ng tao sa paper bill kapag itinapat sa liwanag, at hindi kumukulay sa papel ang pekeng paper bill kapag ikiniskis ito sa papel,” he pointed out.
Anyone found in possession of fake money may face a case of illegal use of false treasury or bank notes and other instrument of credit, Galang said.