Near the Recto LRT train station in Manila several people are trying to sell fake documents. All kinds of documents can be bought here. All kinds of identification papers and cards, from College to University degrees, drivers licenses, government papers like Police clearances and a lot more. They are just sitting on the sidewalk with their billboards and run away when they see a police officer coming. The owners and sales persons do not want to be photographed but I was able to got a few. The quality of the pictures is not the best but you can see that they offer a large variety of documents complete with seals, stamps and signatures.
You probably know that on the internet you can also buy all kinds of fake documents. But those you can buy on internet are from non-existing schools and universities. Here they really falsify documents from existing institutes and are selling them in the open in the street.
Ordinary people like you and me (and especially foreigners) can’t see the difference with original documents and a lot of Filipinos have those fake documents to show where necessary. For example if you are doing business with a real estate agent to buy property. They could show you papers that they are licensed brokers or otherwise. Be always aware that those papers might be fake. There are even examples of people working as a doctor (in medicine) or lawyers on fake papers having a little shop/office somewhere in the street.
So all (future) expats and others coming to the Philippines: be warned about this.
If you do not believe me and are interested to see the place by yourself: it is situated at C.M. Recto Avenue corner Rizal Avenue in Quiapo, Manila.