At least four suspects involved in the manufacturing of fake documents at C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila were arrested in a raid conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Thursday afternoon.
According to Senior Superintendent Belli Tamayo, of CIDG National Capital Region, the raid follows the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to authorites to go after the source of fake documents.
In a report by GMA News, the names of the suspects were not immediately known.
In addition to the arrest of suspects, authorities also seized printing machines and fake documents which included senior citizen card, PNP ID, medical and death certificates, among others.
Tamayo added that they have eyes on 13 establishments operating on similar businesses, but only four were open when the raiding team arrived.
“Dapat 13 ang target pero nakapaligpit na daw ‘yung iba,” he said
Chief Insp. Baltazar Beran said it took them three months to conduct the surveillance.
“Nag-test buy kami dito. Nakakuha kami ng senior citizen card, permit to carry firearms license, PNP ID, kahit medical at death certificate,” he said.
“Walang imposible dito sa Recto University,” he added. A fake birth certificate costs between P600 and P1,000 while a fake land title costs P4,500.
“Iyong TCT (transfer certificate of transfer) gagayahin nila sa papel na parang original. Tunay na tunay ang dating. Yan ang pina-examine namin sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,” he said.
The location, infamously called Recto University has been notorious and gained attention globally that media outlets such as BBC has documented the operations which is open to the public.