AGENTS of the National Capital Region office of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group yesterday raided notorious diploma mills in Claro M. Recto Avenue in Manila and arrested at least four men believed to be involved in the manufacture of fake documents, ranging from firearms and driver’s licenses, land titles, diplomas and even Professional Regulation Commission cards.
According to CIDG-NCR chief Senior Supt. Belli Tamayo, the raid was conducted in the wake of personal instructions of President Duterte for the PNP to go after fakers of various documents in the country which have been giving government regulatory offices, business offices, schools and universities and other local companies a big headache.
“This is upon the pronouncement of President Duterte to go after the makers of fake documents,” Tamayo, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1992 told People’s Tonight.
The official said they were still investigating the real identities of the suspects whose establishments yielded fake documents, a printing machine being use to fake government papers, assorted paraphernalia being used to fake documents and banned ‘video-karera and fruit game machines.’
Upon the instruction of PNP-CIDG chief Director Roel B. Obusan, CIDG-NCR operatives, in coordination with the Manila Police District, targeted 13 establishments on C.M. Recto Avenue but only managed to get the four targets since the others were closed.
CIDG-NCR operatives said they conducted the operation following more than 10 weeks of surveillance which saw undercover officers and their contacts being able to procure fake documents, including Firearms Licenses, Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence, Seamen’s Card, Senior Citizen’s Card, PNP identification cards and even medical and death certificates.
Officials said there is a big possibility that the death certificate used by the suspects in the abduction and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo was procured from the so-called ‘Recto University.’ The suspects, led by Supt. Raphael Dumlao and SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, were said to have caused the cremation of Jee’s remains using a fake death certificate indicating the victim as a Filipino.
‘Recto University’ artists are also notorious for manufacturing fake PRC cards being used by con artists to pose as doctors, dentists, engineers, teachers or architects to dupe innocent victims in the country.
They are also the source of fake diplomas being used by some unscrupulous persons to enter government or private offices, including law enforcement agencies in the past. In the past, police have raided these establishments many times but they were still able to return to their illegal business weeks or months later reportedly due to the protection being given to them by some rogue city, police and barangay authorities.