The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) noted the increase in number of Filipinos detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf Cooperation Council member countries, and issued an advisory reminding Filipinos to refrain from submitting fake documents when applying for jobs.
The Department asked Filipinos to have their documents verified by a nearby Philippine embassy or consulate general to ensure that the documents submitted are certified true copies. The DFA noted that Filipinos charged with falsification of documents were probably unaware that they received fake documents from relatives in the Philippines.
While, it did not release statistics related to number of Filipino citizens jailed due to use of fake documents, the DFA said diplomas, transcript of records, certificate of marriages and completion of TESDA courses were among the most common fake documents cited in cases handled by Philippine embassies and consulates within Gulf states.
Once documents are identified as fake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE will confiscate the records for attestation and endorse the holder to the police for investigation.
If convicted, a holder of fake documents could face up to 10 years and deportation.