MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday ordered all police units conducting recruitment to be on the lookout against the submission of fake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results by applicants.
PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar’s order came after three police applicants at the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) were disqualified and arrested for submitting fake swab test results.
“This should serve as a warning to all police applicants who are planning to do something illegal in the recruitment process. Hindi kami magpapasok sa organisasyon ng dadagdag lang sa aming problema at magbibigay kasiraan sa PNP. Naniniwala ako na mas marami pa rin na gustong magpulis ang karapat-dapat na bigyan ng puwang sa aming hanay (We will not allow in the organization those persons that will only add to our problem and bring shame to the PNP. I believe that there are still many more who want to be police officers who deserve to be given space in our ranks),” he said.
Eleazar said there were actually 66 police applicants who submitted bogus RT-PCR test results during the PRO-BAR recruitment, but the 62 others were cleared because they were unaware that the results they submitted were faked.
He said a fourth applicant who was able to evade arrest will be charged and be subjected to follow-up operations for submitting fake swab test results.
“Iyong isa na nakatakas, hahabulin natin iyan at pananagutin sa pamemeke niya ng RT- PCR test result (The one who escaped, we will pursue him and hold him accountable for falsifying the RT-PCR test result),” he added.
Two of the arrested police applicants were subjected to inquest proceedings while the third suspect who tested positive for Covid-19 was placed under isolation.
Eleazar also directed the PNP-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) to crack down on those involved in producing and selling fake RT-PCR test results in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (PNA)