Live-in partner nabbed for fake travel pass while entering Baguio

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BAGUIO CITY – A live-in partner was apprehended by police personnel manning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) checkpoint while entering the Summer Capital with fake documents.

Police Colonel Allen Rae Co, city director of the Baguio City Police Office, said personnel of Station 9 manning the Quarantine Checkpoint at the boundary of Naguillan Road at Purok 3, Barangay Irisan, Baguio City, when they flagged a white Hyundai Accent sedan with plate number ACM 4543 at 5:00 am of Oct.24.

Co said, the police check the necessary documents of the occupants identified as Jean Paul Fernando Pante,35, of Baliuag,Bulacan and Jenelyn Santos Gatchalian, 35, of San Rafael,Bulacan.

Upon checking, the duo claimed that they have Travel Authority to enter Baguio City which was issued from Bulacan Police Provincial Office.

However, upon scrutiny, PCMS Myra Velasco doubted on the Travel Authority as it was not the usual format of the same. Likewise, the documents from Mayon Clinical Laboratory and Medical Services and Baliwag Municipal Health Office Medical Certificate were also fictitious.

Velasco, called Norzagaray, Bulacan MPS for verification. Upon query to duty PNCO of Norzagaray Bulacan MPS, PSSg Pagcanlungan, confirmed that there were no Jean Paul Fernando Pante and Jenelyn Santos Gatchalian who have applied for Travel Pass or Travel Authority at their office.

On the interview with the duo, they admitted that they intentionally made the documents from Baliuag, Bulacan since they only have Travel Authority going to Bacnotan, La Union when they ferried a passenger going to that place but continued to proceed in Baguio City to visit their aunt.

Co said, the duo and the vehicle used is now under the custody of the BCPO for proper disposition and pertinent papers are being readied for filing of a Violation of Article 172 of the RPC (Falsification of Public Documents) and RA 11332.

Zaldy Comanda/ABN