5 Boracay tourists with fake negative coronavirus test results sent on quarantine, face raps
ILOILO CITY—Six tourists from Metro Manila were removed from their hotel on Boracay Island and sent on quarantine after five of them were found to have submitted false coronavirus test results.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito, Malay police chief, said police would file criminal complaints against the tourists for falsification of public documents and violating Republic Act No. 1332, which required reporting of contagious diseases.
Lawyer Selwyn Ibarreta, administrator of the Caticlan port in Malay, the Aklan town that has jurisdiction over Boracay, said only one of the six tourists had submitted genuine results of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
“Apparently, the group composed of four women and two men submitted five falsified RT-PCR test results using the genuine one,” Ibarreta told the INQUIRER on Monday (Dec. 8).
He said the laboratory that issued the paper with the genuine test result has confirmed that the five other tourists were not its clients and that the five falsified results were copied from the genuine result.
The tourists arrived on Dec. 5 and were supposed to leave the island on Monday. They were taken to the provincial quarantine facility in the capital town in Kalibo where they were tested and sent to quarantine for 14 days.
Tourists bound for Boracay Island are required to submit negative RT-PCR test results released within 72 hours before their trip. This is a requirement before they are issued a quick reaction (QR) code to be allowed entry to the island.
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