NBI issues multi-purpose clearance

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   105136

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MANILA, Philippines — There are various types of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance before being issued for specific purposes – for a job application, gun license, visa and for travel abroad.

Starting Monday, there is only one type of NBI clearance which can be used for any transactions that require it, both local and abroad.

It is called the “multi-purpose” clearance which is valid for a year and worth P115 per copy.

“The president wants us to simplify the transactions in the government. This is one of our responses to his directive,” said NBI Director Atty. Dante Gierran.

“You can use this clearance for all purposes, it’s applicable,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Executive officer Welerme Haplasca Jr.

“For example, I’m applying for a job, and was not hired but have not submitted this clearance, I can still use it for other purposes,” he added.

Some of the applicants are yet to know about it, but they are glad that from now on, there is only one type of clearance for all transactions.

 

“It’s better because it’s convenient. You only need to process once. Unlike before, you have to come here twice,” said one applicant.

 

“If they need a multi-purpose [clearance], they just have to renew the old one,” said NBI-Information and Communication Technology Division Deputy Director Atty. Jojo Yap

It is also easier now to process “hits” for NBI clearance. A “hit” appears on your record when you have a namesake or a pending criminal case.

You only have to appear once to clarify the issue without any additional fees.

“First, we need to know the case. During the interview, it will be determined if indeed it was you. If there is a doubt, you will need to secure clearance from the court, if there is a warrant, to prove that it was not you,” said Atty. Yap.

Gilbert is leaving for Canada but his visa was put on hold because there was a “hit” on his NBI clearance.

He was not aware  that a fellow driver whom he had a road mishap with filed a case against him.

“I already have all the papers except this one. I thought the NBI clearance I got was okay already but there was a remark,” said Gilbert Bragado, an NBI clearance applicant.

He already secured a court clearance and submitted it to the NBI. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

2 National Museum officials arrested for extortion

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

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

NBI nabs De Lima co-accused in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

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.

DFA chief wants to end ‘visa upon arrival’ policy for foreigners

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday recommended putting an end to visa upon arrival for foreign nationals amid concerns on the surge of Chinese tourists in the country.

Locsin said foreigners should undergo vetting process by consular offices before getting visas.

The DFA chief made the remark after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that the influx of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals in the country poses possible security threat.

“We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting,” Locsin wrote on his Twitter account.

“We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide,” he added.

The Department of Finance (DOF) earlier found that at least 100,000 foreigners are working in the country without the necessary permits. Most of them are in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) sector.

Most of the POGO employees are Chinese and are supposedly not paying income tax.

The local online gaming sector later agreed with the DOF to terms on tax rates on its foreign workers.

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