DAVAO

Tampering of records amid pandemic punishable by law

Screenshot from Laine Sy Facebook post

POLICE authorities warned the public that tampering of records related to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic will face serious charges.

A netizen in Luzon posted on Facebook a man who she alleged to have sought the services of a printing shop to change the name of a Covid-19 test result.

"I went to a printing shop and I saw this guy na pina-scan and pina-photoshopped yung name ng [Covid-19] result to another name (A guy had a Covid-19 test result scanned and photoshopped to change the original name to another)," Facebook user Laine Sy said.

Davao City Police Office director Kirby John Kraft said they have not recorded a similar incident in the city.

But he said people who will do the same will be charged with multiple violations.

He cited section 9 or the Prohibited Acts under RA 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, which include the "tampering of records or intentionally providing misinformation" and the "non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or health events of public concern."

The law states that "any person or entity found to have violated Section 9 of the Act shall be penalized with a fine of not less than P20,000 but not more than P50,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the proper court."

Kraft added that they will also face penalties for violating Article 172 or the falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents and Article 175 or using false certificates.

"[We will conduct] information gathering and intel work to arrest those who will try to do that in Davao City," Kraft said.


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