Over 100 tourists declared persona non grata by Malay LGU

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Kalibo, Aklan (CNN Philippines, April 29) — The local government of Malay, Aklan has declared 122 tourists as persona non grata after they faked RT-PCR tests to enter Boracay.

The Sangguniang Barangay of Malay released the resolution on March 11, saying the declaration should serve as a deterrent to visitors "who arrogantly refuse to heed methods and processes" in the popular destination.

Aklan Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) chairperson Atty. Selwyn Ibarreta confirmed in a phone interview that the Aklan government has also filed legal complaints against 11 of the 122 tourists for falsification of documents. Authorities are also planning on filing cases against the others.

Ibarreta added that the validation team of the provincial task force was being harassed by the tourists, but did not provide details.

As of April 26, the PIATF has caught 166 Boracay-bound tourists with fake COVID-19 test results.

The Department of Tourism has also filed criminal complaints against six other Boracay tourists for falsifying their RT-PCR test results.

In a press event on Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said the DOT was serious in banning such tourists, as they put the lives of tourism workers and residents of Boracay at risk.