(Metro News) MPD steps up its drive to fight vs fake bills, 2 fall

August 22, 2010 9:52 am 

MANILA, Aug. 21 –The Manila Police District (MPD) stepped up its fight against the proliferation of fake bills following the arrest of two persons in separate police operation.

Arrested were Philip del Rosario, 35, single, vendor, of 77 Maypajo, Caloocan City and Monicto Joseph, 39, single, silk screen processor and resident of 1697 LRC Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Superintendent James Afalla, chief of the MPD Sta. Cruz Police Station 3, said the arrest came for possession of of fake P1,000 bills.

First to be arrested was del Rosario in an operation at 6:35 p.m. last Aug. 19 on Oroquieta St., Sta. Cruz when he attempted to buy worth P200 groceries in a grocery store, using a fake P1, 000 bill.

Liza Sta. Ana, 25, saleslady, noticed the color and texture of the money was different from the genuine P1, 000 bill. When the saleslady examined the money in their ultra violet machine, she confirmed that it was counterfeit bill.

The saleslady relayed the matter to their security guard who placed Del Rosario under his custody and later turned over to the Alvarez Police Community Precinct (PCP).

During interrogation, del Rosario confessed to the crime as he also expressed willingness to cooperate. He tipped off to police the place where the fake money was being manufactured.

A follow-up operation was conducted that led to the arrest of Joseph. Joseph was reportedly responsible in the proliferation of fake P1, 000 bills in Sta. Cruz and Quiapo area.

Recovered from him were five pieces of silk screen believed to be being used in making the counterfeit money.

The two suspects are now facing charges for violation of Article 168 of the revised Penal Code or the illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes and other instrument of credit and Article 176 or the manufacturing and possession of instrument or implements for falsification. (PNA) RMA/JES

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