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9 arrested for illegal fishing in waters off Navotas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 11th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Nine fishermen were caught by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) illegally fishing in the waters off Navotas City on Wednesday.

They were onboard three commercial fishing vessels led by boat captains Jun Esatan, Tirso Beling and Leomar Jugaran.

They were arrested after failing to show valid fishing permit and for using prohibited Danish seine, locally known as “hulbot”.

The registrations of the vessels were already expired.

“Our command received information about unhampered illegal fishing operation in Manila Bay area. By engaging in this type of activity, it destroys ocean bed including corals,” NBI – Environmental Crimes Division head, Atty. Czar Nuqui said.

Also, the commercial fishing vessels were caught in the waters which are supposedly exclusive for small fishermen.

“Subsistence fishermen should be fishing there not the commercial vessels. And yet these commercial vessels are exploiting these resources to the detriment of subsistence fishermen,” Atty. Nuqui said.

They fishermen said they didn’t know that what they were doing was illegal.

“We have nowhere else to go. If we don’t do it, our families will suffer,” boat captain Jun Esatan said.

They are facing several charges for violations of the Fisheries Code punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of Php500,000. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

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NBI arrests alleged consignee of P6.4-B shabu shipment

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Tatad is one of the accused ordered arrested by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) over a drug smuggling case.


MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has also taken into custody Eirene Mae Tatad, the alleged consignee of the 6.4 billion peso shabu shipment smuggled at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) last year.

Tatad is one of the accused ordered arrested by the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) over a drug smuggling case.

According to the NBI, they called up Tatad after she was issued an arrest warrant and she willingly complied when they fetched her in Iloilo on February 2.

Tatad’s brother in law helped in convincing her to face the case.

“Siguro mas gusto ng brother niya na mapaayos siya. So tumulong na rin yung brother niya dahil hindi namin alam kung saang lugar doon sa Iloilo. So, he accompanied us,” said NBI-Task Force Against Illegal Drugs head Atty. Ross Jonathan Galicia.

(Her brother [in law] probably wanted her [problem] fixed. So, he accompanied us to her place because we don’t know her place in Iloilo.)

Tatad, however, insisted that she is innocent.

She said that she went to Iloilo for a vacation after the Valenzuela court dismissed the first case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“Hindi po ako nagtago. Actually po, kahapon ko lang nalaman na may warrant of arrest ako,” said the alleged consignee.

(I did not go into hiding. Actually, I only learned yesterday that I have a warrant of arrest.)

She will stay under the NBI custody while awaiting the commitment order from the court.

Meanwhile, the Manila RTC Branch 46 has denied the motion of Customs broker Mark Taguba to remain under NBI custody.

Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa ruled that Taguba’s lawyer failed to present actual proof of a threat to his life.

This prompted the court to order his transfer to theManila City jail.

Six other accused in the drug smuggling case are being sought out by the NBI. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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Customs broker Mark Taguba now under NBI custody

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Customs broker Mark Taguba has been transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) detention cell after the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered his arrest over drug smuggling.

The case stems from the 6.4 billion pesos worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) last year.

Taguba was under the protection of the Senate because he testified during their inquiry into the case.

But he was among the nine persons indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as he facilitated the importation of the shabu shipment.

“He was taken into custody after proper turn over from the Office of the Sergeant at Arms of the Philippine Senate where he had been kept in protective custody,” said NBI spokesperson Atty. Ferdinand Lavin.

The court has also ordered the arrest of all his co-accused except for businessman Richard Tan who has a pending motion to nullify the case.

NBI agents are now in pursuit of his seven co-accused.

“If there are surrender feelers for those accused named in the warrant, then we would be glad to accommodate them here at the NBI,” said Lavin.

Taguba is confident he will be cleared in the case claiming he is innocent.

He is open to be a government witness just as he had testified in Senate hearings.

“Di pa namin nagagawa pero naiisip na namin yan, yung state witness,” said Taguba.

(We have yet to work on it but we have thought about becoming a state witness.)

On February 2, the court will hear Taguba’s request to remain in NBI custody while undergoing trial. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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DFA to investigate gov’t agencies over alleged sale of passport application endorsements

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) received information that some government officials are selling their slots to endorse or sponsor those who want to walk in the courtesy lane of the agency’s passport application.

The DFA is now investigating the said issue.

The agency initially conducted an investigation on several individuals who allegedly manipulate its on-line appointment system.

“We’ve seen falsified endorsements and we’ve received information and testimonies that applicant get authentic endorsements for the fee, so in other words your honor some people selling endorsements from government agencies,” DFA Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Usec. Jose Luis Montales said.

The DFA is also monitoring social media sites like Facebook where scams or the selling of passport appointment slots are widespread.

According to DFA Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales, individuals behind the scam usually sell fake barcodes and details to would-be applicants.

Montales cites as an example an applicant who is qualified to queue in the courtesy lane but is not aware of the said privilege.

Like senior citizens, pregnant women, and differently abled persons.

In the said modus operandi, individuals will accompany the applicants at the DFA office and will assist them in apply for passports in exchange for money.

The DFA is now coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group to identify the individuals behind the Facebook pages.

“We ask the public patients understanding and cooperation please do not patronized these Facebook pages claiming to have appointment slots and selling them many of them are scams others are open invitations to corrupt government employees and cast doubt on our online appointment system,” Montales said.

The DFA also assures the public that it is exerting effort in making faster the release of Philippine passport.

The agency is also studying the possibility of opening its DFA Aseana and other satellite offices every Saturday to accommodate the bulk of passport applicants. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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