Duterte orders arrest of tourists with fake swab results

President Duterte has ordered law enforcement agencies and local governments to arrest travelers using fake COVID-19 test results and to ensure that health protocols are followed in tourist destinations.

Duterte said, “Recently, the government has allowed leisure travel from NCR Plus to areas under modified general community quarantine. However, it has come to my attention that some travelers arriving in various parts of the country, most notably in Boracay, are presenting fake COVID-19 tests.”

He added, “I am also directing the Department of Tourism, Philippine National Police and local governments to arrest those presenting fake COVID tests. Do not be afraid to file sanctions.”

The tourism department has urged travelers to be responsible and to ensure the safety of the communities in their chosen destinations.

Cebu Pacific is now offering the cheapest RT-PCR test at only 2,500 pesos solely for its passengers.

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