PNP: Fake quarantine passes should be used as evidence, not destroyed

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2020 01:19 PM

Highway Patrol Group personnel check the identification and ECQ passes of a motorist at a checkpoint along EDSA and Santolan in Quezon City on April 21, 2020. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Fake quarantine passes should be kept as evidence by law enforcers, the Philippine National Police said Thursday in response to reports that some personnel manning checkpoints destroy forged passes.

The fake passes should be used as evidence when charges are filed against those who are using them, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of the joint task force COVID-19 shield, said.

"Hindi puwedeng punitin yan. Kung talagang peke yan, gamiting ebidensya. File-an ng kaso appropriately kung sino man ang gumagamit ng pekeng yan," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(You cannot tear that apart. If it's really fake, use it as evidence. File appropriate charges against those who are using fake passes)

Eleazar added that the PNP leadership has informed personnel on the ground of the directive.

Quarantine passes are used in some localities as a means to implement lockdown protocols meant to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Police earlier this week started arresting violators of the Luzon lockdown even without a warrant, a move that the Department of Justice said has legal basis.

Since the start of the lockdown on March 17, the PNP said it has recorded over 150,000 violations of quarantine protocols.