NBI issues multi-purpose clearance

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   109022


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

Senate leader says local officials without offenses are under DILG, not DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), not the Justice Department, has jurisdiction over local government officials who did not violate any law.

“If a local official has not violated any law, the DILG is the Department that has jurisdiction over him. Not the DOJ!” Sotto wrote on his Twitter account.

Sotto made the remark in response to the move of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which is under the DOJ, to summon Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for allegedly violating the provisions of the Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law.

The NBI accused the mayor of disobeying the national government’s order to suspend public transportation during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine when he allowed tricycles to operate in his jurisdiction.

Mayor Sotto earlier stressed that he already lifted his order allowing tricycle operation to ferry medical workers in his city before the Bayanihan law was passed on March 24.

The Senate President, one of the principal proponents of the Bayanihan Act, also said the law cannot be applied retroactively.

“NBI will be well advised to be cautious in their interpretation of the law I principally authored. Any so-called violation of RA 11469 can’t be retroactive!” he said.

“What are they talking about? Laws are never retroactive if detrimental to any accused,” he added.

The elder Sotto is Mayor Vico’s uncle.


Senators defend Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto against NBI summons

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Wednesday blasted the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for summoning Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto over his alleged violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

The NBI on Tuesday summoned Sotto, saying he violated the law when he allowed tricycles to operate in his jurisdiction despite the suspension of public transport operations during the enhanced community quarantine period in Luzon.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, in a statement, said Sotto did not violate the law when he allowed the operation of “improvised tricycles” before March 18.

“Paano nilabag ni Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto ang batas na hindi pa batas? Ginamit ang mga improvised tricycle bago mag-March 18. Umapela, tinanggihan, at sumunod sa utos si Mayor Vico March 19,” he said.

“Naging batas ang Bayanihan to Act Heal as One Act (Special Powers Act) noong March 24,” he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also slammed the NBI for bringing “hostile attention” to “well-performing leaders” amid the crisis on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Andaming kailangang bigyna ng solusyon: nagkakasakit na health workers, mga nagugutom. Why hostile attention to well-performing leaders like Vico?” she wrote on her Twitter account.

“The Bayanihan Law cannot be applied retroactively, and doesn’t suspend the right to dissent or express views. May na-insecure ba?” she added.

Senator Joel Villanueva also questioned the NBI’s move, saying that as far as he is concerned, the mayor has the “best practices” that other local government units “started to emulate nationwide.”

Villanueva also said that Sotto’s ideas to combat the spread of COVID-19 threat “make sense.”

“So, our question is do we really need this notice right now when we want our local government officials to mobilize all the resources they have to respond to their constituents’ needs? We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this don’t help,” he tweeted.

Mayor Sotto was earlier lauded for coming up with solutions to address the COVID-19 crisis in his jurisdiction.

Among the city’s notable responses was the deployment of market-on-wheels, mobile kitchens and portable disinfection facilities.

According to Mayor Sotto, he is ready to respond to the NBI summon.

“Handa po kami kasi wala naman kaming tinatago,” he said.

Duterte names Eric Distor as NBI officer-in-charge

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2020

The new officer-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Eric Distor.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated a new officer-in-charge for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Malacañang said Wednesday.

Eric Distor, assistant director for Intelligence Service, was named NBI’s officer-in-charge following the retirement of director Dante Gierran, according to a memorandum released by the Palace on Wednesday.

The letter addressed to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra was dated February 21 and signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

It states that Distor’s new work assignment took effect on February 23.

The Palace said he will temporarily lead the agency until a replacement is appointed or until otherwise directed by the Office.


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