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Police warns vs spread of fake money in Boracay

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ILOILO CITY -- Police authorities in Boracay are warning the public of the reported spread of fake Philippine currency in the island resort.

The Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) issued the warning after the arrest of a suspect from Metro Manila who earlier paid counterfeit money to souvenir shops in D’Talipapa in Barangay Balabag, Boracay in exchange for items he bought.

The suspect, identified as Nassief Rominnimbang, 26, of 47 Ilang-Ilang St. Zone 6, Signal Village, Taguig City, temporarily resided at Sitio Ambulog, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island.

The other day, BTAC said three cashiers of commercial establishments victimized by the suspect went to the police station to report the incident.

Cashiers Jobell Mondoy, 27, of Barangay Havana, Nabas, Aklan; Sohaima Amerol, 21, of Marawi, Mindanao; and, Jefferson Pabico, 19, of Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island claimed that the suspect bought T-shirt, hats, and bracelets at their stalls using P1,000 bills.

They later noticed that the money was fake. Follow-up operation led to the arrest of the suspect.

When interrogated, Rominnimbang indeed admitted that he and several other accomplices have victimized scores of establishments in Boracay.

The suspect’s confession prompted police authorities to track down remnants of the syndicate.

BTAC also warned islanders, particularly owners of business establishments, to be extra careful in dealing with unfamiliar faces and to check the money they receive.

Meanwhile, the suspect is now facing criminal charges of illegal possession and use of counterfeit money.