NBI issues multi-purpose clearance

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   107297

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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

Duterte orders NBI to take over Clarin town mayor David Navarro’s slay case

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

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)

NCRPO forms quad-intel force to intensify fight against illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

Chief NCRPO, PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR spearheaded the meeting with NCRPO “QUAD-INTEL FORCE” AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS followed by a press/media briefing this 27th day of September 2019 at NCRPO Conference Room, Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City. (Courtesy: NCRPO PIO)

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)

DOJ orders NBI to probe alleged ‘hospital pass for sale’ at Bilibid

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019

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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