Driver using fake WHO IDs to enter Baguio arrested

Baguio City has cracked down on vehicles illegally bringing in tourists, workers, or locally stranded individuals (LSIs) after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city last week.

A driver from Pasig City thought he could get away with it by placing stickers of the World Health Organization (WHO) on his car window and making his own WHO ID. 

Ernesto Ferrer Jr of Pasig City was held at checkpoint at Irisan on Monday, August 3, with 4 LSIs onboard. Also with him was Romer Sunga Paredes who was his alternate driver. 

Ferrer showed his WHO ID and said his passengers sought WHO's help so they could enter Baguio. 

The problem was that Paredes had no documents to show, so they were made to proceed to the triage area for LSIs at Teacher's Camp. 

It was there that PCpl Sharon Patacsil verified Ferrer's employment and contacted WHO. 

It was learned that Ferrer was not an employee of WHO and his ID and stickers were fake. 

He was charged for falsifying documents, usurpation of authority, and violating Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. 

Baguio now has 128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 67 active cases.

Nationwide, the Philippines on Monday reported 3,226 new cases, bringing the total to 106,330, with 2,104 deaths and 65,821 recoveries. – Rappler.com