MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Tuesday to investigate the unlawful operations of “fixers” who demand payment from persons who want to get vaccinated immediately by having their schedules moved up.
After Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto revealed that two fixers were detected soliciting for fees in exchange to acquire Covid-19 doses ahead of schedule in the vaccine program, Eleazar gave the order.
“Maaaring hindi lang sa Pasig nangyayari ang ganitong modus at dapat ay matuldukan agad ito (Maybe this modus operandi is not only in Pasig. This should be stopped immediately). We will closely coordinate with our LGUs to prevent the proliferation of this modus,” Eleazar said in his remark on Tuesday.
Eleazar warned the people not to fall to the scheme and to wait patiently for their vaccination appointments.
Vaccination is provided free of charge, and all that is required of the public is to register and wait for their appointment.
“Tubuan naman sana ng kunsiyensiya ang mga fixers na ito at maawa sa ating mga kababayan. Marami ang nagnanais magpabakuna pero nararapat pa din sundin natin ang priority list sa pagpapabakuna. May dahilan po kung bakit sila priority sa listahan (These fixers have no conscience, no mercy on our countrymen. Many people want to get vaccinated but we should still follow the priority list for vaccination. There is a reason why there is a priority list),” he said.
The public is encouraged to report any information on vaccination fixers to authorities via the PNP’s various e-Sumbong platforms.