Ex-model rapped for illegal sale of COVID-19 testing kits

June 02, 2020
Awi Siwa
Former model Awi Siwa. Photo courtesy of NBI PIO

CHARGES have filed against former model Awi Siwa who was nabbed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for selling COVID-19 testing kits without authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor said Siwa along with her mother Glorina Juliana Carandang were charged with violation of Section 11 of Republic Act No. 9711, FDA Circular No. 2020-004 dated March 2020 and FDA Advisory No. 2020-498 dated 01 April 2020, in relation to RANo. 10175 (The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012), and violation of Article 315 (Estafa) of the Revised Penal Code, as amended.

The cases were filed against them before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office, Distor said.

According to the FDA, test kits, which are strictly for medical use only, “should be strictly distributed to appropriate establishments or institutions.”

Siwa was arrested during entrapment operation in Intramuros, Manila last Friday.

The NBI hatched an entrapment operation for the purchase of 120 pieces of Rapid Test Kits at P650.00 per piece or a total of P78,000.00, and 6,000 sacks of Sider Denorado Rice and 3,000 sacks of Sifer Golden Rice, amounting to P12,195,000.00 in all.

In the entrapment operation organized by NBI operatives Siwa arrested upon their receipt of the payment for the 120 pieces of Rapid Test Kits.