A Mindanao-based gang faking security guards and drivers’ licenses and other government-issued identification cards was smashed by agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group following an operation in Cagayan de Oro City last Tuesday, PNP-ACG director, Senior Superintendent Marni C. Marcos Jr. announced yesterday.
Marcos said three members of the gang of counterfeiters identified as Ramonito Lopez, Israel Fuentes and Sallahudin Maunante Sumpingan, all residents of Barangay 3, Cagayan de Oro City were arrested during the operation conducted by members of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Office in Northern Mindanao headed by Chief Inspector Ignacio Gamba.
He said that the operation was launched after police received several complaints from the public that a group of counterfeiters led by Sallahudin was producing fake LTO driver’s licenses, security guard’s licenses and identification cards of various government agencies.
Several complainants said the suspects were using two commercial stalls located at T. Chavez Street in Bgy. 3, Cagayan de Oro City to manufacture the fake documents including driver’s licenses and security guard’s licenses exclusively being issued by the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies.
Following a series of surveillance operations, Sallahudin was arrested during an entrapment operation in his stall.
Fuentes and Lopez, on the other hand, were arrested inside their stall which was raided by the RACO 10 operatives on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Dennis Alcantara of the Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court Branch 18.
Recovered during the raid were six desktop computers, printers and assorted falsified documents, IDs and licenses.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 10175 otherwise known as the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.”
“I would like to serve notice to all criminals that indeed crime does not pay especially if and when you contend with the tireless and hardworking operatives of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group,” Marcos said.