Mayor Sara says woman caught with tampered RT-PCR test result at Davao airport


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that a woman would face charges after she was caught with an alleged tampered reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result at the Davao International Airport.

The local chief executive said the woman, whom she did not identify, was traveling back to Davao City from Manila on Friday, November 13.

“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,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio said 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), she said.

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, the mayor added.

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.

She said 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.