The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Committee has recalled old filmfest complimentary passes and replaced them with tamper-proof ones following the discovery of fake passes.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the head of the MMFF Committee, said the old passes will be replaced by new ones.
“We already cancelled the former tickets that we earlier issued,” Tolentino told reporters at the gala night of the New Wave section of the MMFF.
Agents of the MMDA and police arrested a 25-year-old man for selling fake filmfest passes.
Tolentino said he has ordered an extensive investigation to unmask the masterminds behind the forgery.
The fake passes have the same serial numbers as the genuine ones.
The new passes, Tolentino said, have security features that make them difficult to fake.
“We already issued the new tampered-proof ticket. It’s hard to tamper because it has so many security features,” he added.
The suspect said someone offered him money to sell the forged MMFF passes online at P800 each.
The falsified passes were advertised at the buy and sell website sulit.com.
The suspect said it is willing to cooperate in the investigation. He is facing falsification charges.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO