NBI issues multi-purpose clearance

admin   •   October 2, 2017   •   112448


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

NBI arrests Japanese fugitive in Parañaque City for alleged online fraud, extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in online fraud and extortion.

According to the NBI, suspect Watanabe Yuki is the so-called “Big Boss” of the largest telecommunication fraud syndicate, whose international operations cover several countries including Japan and Philippines. The agency also said they have already verified the information.

The BI is currently in custody of Yuki. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said Yuki’s case is still pending at the Supreme Court (SC).

“With regards to implementation of the deportation, we’d have to wait for the resolution of the local case before we can implement,” Sandoval said.  AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

P70 million worth of alleged fake, smuggled ‘Heng De’ face shields

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Approximately P70 million worth of alleged fake and smuggled “Heng De” face shields from China were seized from a warehouse located at 83 Luzon Road, BF Homes, Parañaque City on Thursday (May 20).

The operation was carried out by members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

According to the confiscating team, the personal protective equipment (PPE) did not pass appropriate inspection and may not be declared safe for use by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

The BOC is set to destroy the alleged fake and smuggled PPE after proper investigation.

Respondents to file counter charges against Dacera family

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Companions of flight attendant Christine Dacera at a Makati Hotel where she was found unconscious on January 1 will file counter charges against her family, their legal counsel said Monday.

Lawyer Mike Santiago, who represents five of the 11 respondents in the case, said his clients are contemplating filing perjury, and malicious incrimination or prosecution charges against the camp of Dacera for allegedly making unfounded claims against them. They will also seek moral damages.

Santiago said they will also take legal action against some personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleged injustices committed against his clients.

“We’re no longer taking this on the defensive side na lang. We will face also these accusers head on na lagi lang kaming depensa ng depensa eh,” he said.

“Ang kalaban namin is yung family and right now it seems tahimik na sila but bakit pati yung NBI ang daming nakikisawsaw sa isyu na ‘to? Ang daming kailangang tuonan ng pansin ng bansa hindi lang itong case na ‘to,” Alain Chen, one of the respondents in the case, said.

The NBI last Friday filed perjury, obstruction of justice, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act against Dacera’s companions, hours before her death on January 1.

The NBI also recommended filing an obstruction of justice against their legal counsel, Neptali Maroto, and falsification of an official document by a public officer charges against Southern Police District medico-legal officer Michael Nick Sarmiento, who first conducted the autopsy on Dacera’s remains.

But the respondents questioned the complaints, calling it an overkill and the NBI investigation unfair.

“Sino ba ang kalaban talaga ng mga respondent? Una PNP pati si chief PNP up to the chief when he said case closed. Kala ko ba case closed na? Next, sino ba ang Dacera family ba? Ang PNP ba? NBI? All of the above?” Santiago said.

The lawyer said they are not inclined to enter into an amicable settlement.

Santiago also questioned the reckless imprudence resulting in homicide complaint filed against his clients as this only applies to erring drivers and doctors.

On the violation of the dangerous drugs act, the lawyer said his clients tested negative for illegal drug use.

Dacera was found unconscious in a bathtub at a Makati Hotel room on January 1 after a night of merry-making with friends. Her companions said they tried to revive her and rushed her to a hospital where she was later declared dead.

Her family believes she was drugged and sexually abused.

The PNP said in its medico-legal report that Dacera died of natural causes, ruling out homicide as the cause of death. The report stated that she died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm that was triggered by an increase in blood pressure. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)


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