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 – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday (August 16) arrested one of Senator Leila de Lima’s co-accused in the illegal drug case.
Around 5:30 am on Friday, NBI operatives nabbed Jose Drian ‘Jad’ Dera in Angeles, Pampanga.
Dera has been hiding for two years since a warrant of arrest was issued against him.
De Lima and Dera were both accused in the two cases of alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in the ongoing trial at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.
Dera is De Lima’s nephew and former staff when she was then Justice Secretary.
Dera allegedly served as De Lima’s middleman in receiving P70-M cash from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prisons as well as in the alleged extortion of P30-M and four vehicles from high-profile inmate Peter Co.
The lady senator, in her statement in March 2017, denied any blood links with Dera.
Dera, meanwhile, also denied being a relative of De Lima.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will investigate the alleged anomalies at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they have already tasked the NBI to look into the alleged corruption.
“I will direct the NBI to conduct an in-depth investigation into the alleged anomalies in the collection and remittance of the government’s share in revenues, which apparently prompted the president to take drastic action,” he said on Saturday (July 27).
President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday (July 26) the closure of all gaming and gambling activities licensed by the PSCO.
“As of today I will not honor any any order from any court stopping us or enjoining us to stop our desire to go into a massive investigation for the massive corruption that is existing in the PCSO,” he said.—AAC
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