Mayor Isko orders raid of ‘Recto University’

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team raided the Recto area where fake documents are being produced.

The area, known as ‘Recto University,’ was popular for its open business of forging fake government documents and identification cards.

Authorities ransacked all stalls even those that were closed at the moment of the raid.

They searched the entire area even the residential houses near stalls alleged as operating such illegal business.

The operation is in line with the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso to track the offenders of the law across the city, especially after the Mayor found out that even the city government’s official receipt is being faked.

Several machines use to replicate school diplomas, birth certificates, transcript of records, driver’s license, firearms license, marriage certificates and NBI clearance among others.

Operatives also seized piles of printed fake documents during the search.

Domagoso expressed dismay over the incident and to the barangay officials who were supposed to manage the Recto area.

“Sa susunod na may gumawa ng fake ID, fake na diploma, lahat ng uri ng fake na imprenta sa baranggay mo, kasama ka na sa kaso (The next time somebody in your area of responsibility produces fake ID, fake diploma, all kinds of fake documents, you will be involved in the charges),” the city Mayor warned barangay officials.

Domagoso further expressed anger towards members of Manila Police who act as protectors of printing shops producing fake documents along Recto Avenue.

“Dinoble na ng pangulo ng bansa ang sweldo nyo. May mga allowance pa kayo sa siyudad. Ibinibigay kung ano ang dapat sa inyo (The President already doubled your salary. You also receive allowances from the city government. You are even provided of what you deserve),” Domagoso said.

The Mayor warns rogue policemen to rectify their actions, otherwise, suffer the consequences.

“Kapag hindi kayo tumigil , ang susunod kung i-re-raid ang presinto (If you don’t shape up, I will raid police stations next),” Mayor Isko said.

“Poposasan ko kayo sa mata ng publiko na kung saan ikahihiya ninyo habang buhay. Kahit pamilya ninyo (I will put handcuffs on you and I will embarrass you which you will remember for the rest of your life. Even by your family) you will be disowned,” he added.

The city mayor is determined to curb the illegal operations of the so-called ‘Recto University’ in Manila.

In November, six persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by MPD-SMART on the act of producing fake ID cards of persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

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