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
MANILA, Philippines – The supposed shipment of mixed waste materials back to its origin in South Korea did not push through on the scheduled date Wednesday (January 9).
According to Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) port collector John Simon, the arrival of the cargo ship on which the garbage-filled containers will be loaded has been reset to Saturday (January 13).
Both the governments of the Philippines and South Korea shouldered the shipping expenses for the return of the waste shipment to Pyeongcheck from where it originated.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still investigating the consignee of the shipment Verde Soko Philippines.
Simon assured that the government will do the best it can to pursue those responsible for the illegal shipment.
“Ang Bureau of Customs bilang law enforcement agency ay ipatutupad ang batas, ang batas ay bawal sa ating ang ganyang klaseng kargamento kaya tayo ay may kapangyarihan para sila at paalisin sa bayan natin.” Simon said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday recommended the filing of plunder and graft charges against former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson, and 20 former and current DPWH officials for the alleged anomalous road right-of-way claims in General Santos City way back in 2013.
Investigation showed that the government paid P255-million as compensation for nine lots supposedly affected by road construction.
But it was discovered that the claims were fake and all its supporting documents including land titles, tax declarations, and the identity of the claimants.
“Ang ating verification with the Registry of Deeds, lumalabas na lahat itong siyam na transfer certificate of titles na ginamit as basis for the claim, lahat ito ay spurious,” said NBI Deputy Director for Regional Operations Service Atty. Antonio Pagatpat.
(In our verification with the Registry of Deeds, it appears all these nine transfer certificates of titles which were used as the basis for the claim, were all spurious.)
The claimants were paid nonetheless.
Singson himself wrote the letter requesting the release of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
But NBI officials admitted that there is no evidence yet that Singson benefited from the scam.
Fourteen private individuals who also participated in the commission of the scam were charged as well.
They are Wilma Mamburam and Mercedita Dumlao, the alleged leaders of the syndicate, and whistleblower Roberto Catapang Jr. who is now under the custody of the witness protection program.
In his statement last November, Catapang said that the syndicate had amassed about P8.7-billion from the government.
The NBI is also looking into the possible liability of former budget secretary Butch Abad.
“It’s not necessarily na you incur a criminal act kung mag-approve ka ng request ng isang ng isang department. So we have to come up with an evidence that he is in collusion with the subjects at dito sa nine vouchers. Wanting pa yung evidence na yun,” said the NBI regional director.
(It’s not necessarily that you incur a criminal act if you approve a request from one department. So, we have to come up with an evidence that he is in collusion with the subjects and in these nine vouchers, that evidence is still wanting.)
Singson said that he wants to see the complaint first before making any comment on the allegations.
The NBI is further investigating the scam. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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