MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sonny Angara on Friday disclosed that greater than 300 faux beginning certificates linked to foreigners and Filipinos alike have been used for Philippine passport functions in 2023.
Angara, sponsor of the 2024 funds of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), stated there have been truly over 20,000 requests despatched for doc validation.
“In truth, I’m knowledgeable that between January and September this yr, there have been over 26,000 requests from the Division of Overseas Affairs (DFA) for validation of civil registry paperwork. On account of that validation, 308 beginning certificates have been discovered to be faux,” stated Angara in the course of the Senate’s Friday deliberations on the nationwide funds invoice.
“That’s not restricted to Filipinos, your honor, however each Filipinos and overseas nationals,” he clarified.
Angara made the clarification after he was requested by Senate Majority Chief Joel Villanueva to clarify whether or not or not the paperwork allegedly utilized by some foreigners to acquire Philippine passports have been professional or faux.
So faux pala ‘yung mga beginning certificates na ipinakita, pero if I recall and I perceive — there’s one which was authenticated by the PSA, genuine daw po, is that appropriate? Merong isa?,” Villanueva prodded.
(So the beginning certificates that have been proven are faux, but when I recall and I perceive — there’s one which was authenticated by the PSA, it’s stated to be genuine, is that appropriate? Is there one?)
Angara confirmed that there was one beginning certificates discovered genuine, explaining that it was linked to a foreigner who supposedly used the identify of a Filipina born in Sta. Cruz, Zambales.
Later within the listening to, Angara assured his fellow lawmakers that PSA will work to “strengthen its backchannel” to probably apprehend these erring overseas nationals.
A number of senators earlier expressed alarm over the alleged issuance of Philippine passports to Chinese language nationals, calling it a nationwide safety concern.