CITY OF CEBU – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) -Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Tuesday issued a stern warning to the public to avoid dealing with fixer-uppers to obtain government documents in order to avoid falling victim to forgeries.
Lawyer Renan Oliva, regional director of NBI-7, issued the warning by announcing on Friday the arrest of a 23-year-old woman from Lagtang, in the town of Talisay, for falsifying government documents she had. submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Manila for visa application.
Oliva said the woman used her friend’s identity to obtain three documents – a Philippine passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a driver’s license issued by the Land Transportation Office and the authorization issued by the NBI itself. same.
âThis case was initiated upon request for investigation in March 2021 by the State Department, via the United States Embassy in Manila. They requested an investigation on the basis of documents in the possession of a US visa applicant who applied for a work visa at the US embassy, âââOliva said at a press briefing.
He said both parents of the impersonated woman and the real owner of the identity used by the suspect are acquaintances and work in the United States.
The investigation showed that the suspect approached her friend’s parents in Barili and asked for their permission to use her friend’s identity to apply for a US visa.
Oliva said the parents rejected the request, knowing the criminal responsibility for such a practice.
He said the suspect who is now being held in the NBI holding cell faces charges in violation of Republic Law (RA) 8239 or the Philippine Passport Law of 1996 for obtaining a passport in the help of false statements and article 172 in relation to article 171 of RA 3815 or the revised Penal Code for the falsification of public documents by an individual and the use of these forged documents.
The suspect will also be charged with violating RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012.
âAs you can see, the documents are there, they are legitimate documents issued by the relevant government agencies. However, these are false documents in the sense that the data they contain does not belong to the real person but to another person, âOliva said.
He said government agencies that issue documents to the public actively pursue people who attempt to forge their documents. (ANP)