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Angeles City worker arrested for issuing fake vax cards

ANGELES CITY — A city hall employee here was arrested for allegedly issuing fake vaccination cards to 13 individuals.

The said fake vaccination cards contained the falsified signatures and license numbers of the city’s vaccinators.

This is an insult to the dedication and hard work of our vaccinators in prioritizing the safety of our kababayans. Ikinalulungkot ko po na nangyari ito,” Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. said. 

Lazatin also issued a stern warning to other employees, urging them to follow the set guidelines of the government.

In a complaint filed by the Gender and Development Office (GAD), the suspect was identified as Janine Lising, 21, assigned at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, and a resident of Barangay Malabanias here.

The complaint was filed before Station 3 of the Angeles City Police Office, where the suspect is now in custody. 

In the custodial investigation report signed by investigator Corporal Aaron Joe Lingat, it was stated that Lising was arrested and temporarily detained at the station for the crime of “Falsification of Public Documents” and was properly informed of her constitutional rights.

The complainant said the alleged falsified vaccination cards of the 13 individuals were also found in the possession of the suspect. 

It also mentioned in his complaint affidavit that when it came to the office’s attention that there were vaccination cards with fake signatures and license numbers supposedly produced by Lising, it immediately reported and called the assistance of the authorities from ACPO Station 3 led by Major Rammel Ebarle. 

The GAD further coordinated with the vaccinators whose signatures and license numbers were being used in the vaccination cards, namely Glenda Aromin and Anna Unika Marieya Cabigting.

Both Aromin and Cabigting verified and stated that the signatures were not theirs, after comparing their signatures on a blank sheet of paper against what was written in the suspected fake vaccination cards. 

The office also sent a letter to Station 3, mentioning the names of individuals that Lising had allegedly given fake vaccination cards to. 

“This is to inform your good office that the following individuals were issued by Ms. Janine Lising with fake vaccination cards and that there are no records of their vaccination at the Angeles City Covid Database Center,” the letter said. 

“Please also note that the Gender and Development Office is in charge with the uploading of the vaccination records to the DICT portal,” it added. “The vaccination cards [of the above] were confiscated by the undersigned staff of the Gender and Development Office.”