2 National Museum officials arrested for extortion
Maris Federez • August 20, 2019 • 1135
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have arrested two high-ranking officials of the National Museum.
The two were involved in extortion in exchange of permits issued by the agency, particularly on treasure hunting.
According to the PACC, the two officials had been extorting money from the complainant who has a pending application for treasure hunting permit at the agency.
The two were asking for P120,000 from the applicant for a permit that only costs P3,000.
“So pumunta sa amin iyong complainant then we set up this entrapment operations with the NBI. Malaki hong halaga iyan for these permits dahil legal fees hindi naman aabot yan ng ganoon kalaki,” said PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.
The two were identified as Ernesto Toribio Jr, chief of the National Museum Treasure Hunting Section, and Angel Toribio, acting Director and Curator II of the museum’s Cultural Properties Division.
The PACC believes that there is a possibility that extortion has already become rampant at the National Museum as there are no clear guidelines on the process of application permits such as in treasure hunting.
With this, the PACC is urging the National Museum administration to streamline its requirements for permit applications.
PACC will file bribery, extortion, and conspiracy against the two officials. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to stop its investigation on Clarin-Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro’s slay case.
Navarro was ambushed by armed men on his way to Cebu City Prosecutor’s office on board a police patrol car on October 25 for inquest proceedings on charges of alleged sexual assault.
He was on Duterte’s drug watchlist of narco-politicians.
The President said he wanted an impartial investigation that is why he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to handle the case instead.
Navarro was under police custody when the crime happened.
“Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang…kasi noong nangyari iyan, kasama ang pulis (I prefer that the NBI [conduct the investigation] because when the incident happened, the police were there),” Duterte said.
“To make it really fair, I’d like to order the police to terminate their investigations and hand it to the NBI whatever documents and all proof or evidence that they have in their hands,” he added.
The Chief Executive said he had a conversation with Navarro several weeks before the ambush where the local official admitted to receiving death threats.
The PNP, for its part, assured that it is ready to heed the President’s order while the Department of Justice (DOJ) welcomes the President’s decision.
“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” concluded DOJ Spokesperson Mark Perete. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has formed a quad-intel force to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs.
The NCR quad-intel force is composed of the NCRPO, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Joint Task Force (JTF).
“We are all here to show a united agency in the campaign against illegal drugs by forming the first-ever formal alliance of the PDEA-NCR, NCRPO, NBI-NCR and the JTF-NCR to run after the scalawags in our rank,” the group said.
NCRPO Director Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the ‘ninja cops’ controversy have prompted them to form the squad.
“This is a part of lessons that we have learned na mas maganda talaga na coordinated tayo sa simula pa lamang, (it is better to be coordinated from the start),” he said.
Eleazar is also calling out to the public to immediately report to authorities if they have information about police officers involved in illegal drugs.—AAC(with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe the purported “hospital pass for sale” to inmates of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), the latest in a series of alleged anomalies in the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in recent weeks.
In the Department Order No. 479 dated Sept. 9, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the NBI to look into and conduct case build-up on the alleged illegal practice of transferring inmates to the NBP hospital in exchange for money.
“The NBI, through Director Dante A. Gierran, is hereby directed and granted authority to conduct an investigation and case build-up on the alleged illegal practice of transferring Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) to the New Bilibid Prison Hospital monetary consideration,” Guevarra said in his order.
“If evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against persons found responsible therefor,” he added.
Guevarra cited the provisions of Republic Act No. 10867 or the National Bureau of Investigation Reorganization and Modernization Act which authorizes the Secretary of Justice to direct the NBI to undertake the investigation of any crime in the interest of the service and interest of the public.
The DOJ also directed the NBI to submit reports on the process of the investigation and case build-up.
The “hospital pass for sale” was revealed after witnesses said that moneyed inmates could get hospital referrals and other prison benefits from BuCor officials on the basis of tampered medical record that would make it appear that they need to be transferred to less congested facilities for health reasons.
The issue came on the heels of alleged sale of good conduct credits to convicts using the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, which hounded the BuCor since news on convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez’s possible release for good behavior broke out.
BuCor data revealed that around 1,914 convicts of heinous crimes have been released since the law’s enactment in 2013.
The issue led to the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon as BuCor chief by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Around 27 BuCor personnel were also ordered suspended without pay by the Office of the Ombudsman for gross misconduct and gross neglect of duty over the release of convicts.
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