A woman traveling back to Davao City from Manila on Friday was caught with a tampered reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said the woman was “referred to the police for filing of cases.”

Mayor Sara disclosed this on Friday during her special hour over the city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio

The woman, she said, arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport and presented a tampered RT-PCR test result. 

“Gidakop kaganina sa atoang Davao International Airport. Gikambyohan niya ang date sa iyahang lab result and then mao ang iyahang gi submit. Ang iyahang gipagawas taken within 48 hours ang iyahang result and it turned out na it was taken last August pa (We have intercepted someone earlier at the Davao International Airport. She changed the date of her lab result and submitted this. She showed a result taken 48 hours but it turned out that it was taken last August),” said Mayor Sara. 

Mayor Sara said that the city government has a verification team at the airport to ascertain the authenticity of the RT-PCR test results submitted by the passengers, so they can verify if the document is fake or tampered with.

The apprehended passenger, who was endorsed to the police for filing of appropriate charges, was also swabbed for Sars-Cov-2 – the strain of virus causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). If negative, the person will be subjected to an inquest and if positive, will be put in a quarantine facility and subjected to an inquest.

Gene Rose Tecson, the head of the City Tourism Operations Office and Davao City Airport Covid-19 Operations, has called on Dabawenyos not to falsify their documents as it will be putting themselves and other people in danger.

“Please do not do this for your own sake and in consideration to your family and other people in case you turn out positive of Covid-19,” she said.

Tecson added that there is no point in falsifying their RT-PCR test results as the testing at the Davao airport is free-of-charge.

Since July this year, a swab result processed through RT-PCR has been required for all travelers entering the city to ensure the safety and protection of the people. CIO