Senate probe on fake birth certificates pushed

Senate probe on fake birth certificates pushed

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 11:45 AM June 20, 2024

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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian FILE PHOTO/Noy Morcoso

MANILA, Philippines — A parallel  investigation into the proliferation of fake  birth certificates and  abuse of the late birth registration system in the country  has been sought  in the Senate.

The  probe is proposed by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian through  Senate  Resolution  No 1053  he filed early this week.


“Syndicates may be behind the proliferation of fake birth certificates, as well as the apparent abuse of the late birth registration system, which allows unscrupulous persons and foreign nationals to secure government- issued IDs, evade existing immigration laws, as well as perpetrate illicit activities including money laundering and human trafficking,” Gatchalian said in the resolution.


The same subject matter is currently being investigated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

READ: Over 300 fake birth certificates used to apply for PH passport

Gatchalian’s  resolution  cited PSA’s findings of discrepancies in the birth certificate of suspended Bamban Mayor Alice Guo, specifically the absence of government records proving the existence of her alleged mother, Amelia Leal.

Guo is  being investigated by the Senate committee on women for her alleged involvement in the  illegal offshore gaming operations in the country.

READ: Gatchalian sees need to refine birth certificate system after Guo mess


“The fact-finding investigation conducted by the PSA revealed that Amelia Leal does not have any birth, marriage, or death certificate,” the resolution pointed out.

It also noted that despite  Guo’s  assertion that her father, Angelito Guo,  is Chinese and a Chinese passport holder,  her birth certificate and two other siblings’  indicated  that he is a Filipino citizen.

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Citing PSA  data, the resolution noted an average of 972,830 delayed birth registrations recorded  annually from 2013 to 2022.

“Out of the 111 million Filipinos in 2020, roughly 3.7 million did not have birth certificates or were not registered,” it further  noted.

TAGS: Birth Certificates, Senate

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