Seven arrested for faking IATF IDs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 25) — Authorities arrested seven individuals on Monday for allegedly producing fake Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) identification cards.

The suspects were caught in an entrapment operation along Recto Avenue, Manila, an area notorious for businesses offering forged documents.

Police Lt. Col. John Guiagui, station commander of the Sampaloc police, said a civilian was earlier caught trying to pass through a checkpoint using a fake IATF ID.

“I-minatch natin yung ID niya, hindi nagtutugma at aminado siya na ito ay gawang Recto,” he said.

[Translation: His ID did not match, and he later on admitted that it was a fake one made in Recto.]

Guiagui said the civilian identified the shop, which also sold quarantine passes for 350 pesos each.

The station commander expressed alarm over the criminal activity, coming at a time when there’s a need to abide by community quarantine protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease. He also noted that forging such IDs poses more than just health risks.

“Baka pwedeng magamit ito ng mga masasamang loob doon sa illegal activities dahil free sila or less ‘yung chance na masita sila,” he said.

[Translation: These fake IDs can also be used by criminals in their illegal activities because they’re free (to move around) or there’s less chance that they will be called out by authorities.]

The suspects will face charges for violating Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code or the falsification by private individuals and the use of falsified documents.