22 forgers nabbed in ‘Recto University’ raid

Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar

AGENTS of the National Capital Region Police Office yesterday raided several known fake diploma mills known as “Recto University” in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and arrested 22 persons for  manufacturing  counterfeit public documents.

NCRPO director Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the suspects were found either owning or maintaining stalls and other establishments along the stretch of Quezon Boulevard in Sta. Cruz which are known for producing fake diplomas, transcript of records, Voter’s ID, driver’s license, passport, birth certificates and Social Security System IDs.

Eleazar said he ordered the raid following of persistent complaints about the presence of document counterfeiters that openly ply their trade between Claro M. Recto and Rizal Avenue in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

He said anyone can acquire fake diplomas for P500 or more depending on the type of university. The suspects can also manufacture counterfeit passports provided they have the original.

The presence of these ‘fake diploma mills’ have also prompted calls for new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to order an honest-to-goodness campaign in the area.

Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año has ordered the NCRPO to maintain vigilance and proactivity in dealing with counterfeiters as claims have reached his office that forgery shops on C. M. Recto Avenue in Manila continue to operate.

He said they have made some success in their drive against the “Recto University” but need to sustain it to totally stop the production of bogus documents in the area.