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
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is preparing the charges to be filed against the executives of the religious organization Kapa Community Ministry International, the group allegedly behind the largest investment scams in the country.
“We are preparing the appropriate complaint against the founder and other officers of Kapa,” said Atty. Antonio Pagatpat, NBI’s Deputy Director for Operations Service.
Those involved in the said investment scam may face charges for large-scale estafa.
The NBI has raided 14 Kapa offices through search warrants issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 for violating Sections 8 and 26 of the Securities Corporation Code of the Philippines.
The offices were located in Taytay, Rizal; San Geronimo in Bagbag, Nueva Viscaya; in Compostella Valley and in Cebu.
The agency also raided the house of the group’s founder, Joel Apolinario in Saranggani province.
The NBI said they have not arrested any member of the group but they have confiscated several documents, records, books and equipment.
“Wala tayong na-arrest dahil (No arrests have been made yet because) when our teams reached all offices of Kapa, they were already non-operational, closed. But we were able to seize some vital evidence,” Pagatpat said.
NBI agents were also able to recover cash amounting to P2.2 million and P300,000 from two different Kapa offices.
Based on the NBI’s initial investigation, the leaders of the controversial group were allegedly collecting donations amounting to P5,000 under 30% interest rate per member.
For its part, the group assured to cooperate with the investigation of authorities regarding the controversy. (with reports from April Cenedoza)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has begun investigation into alleged ‘ghost claims’ at the WellMed Dialysis Center in Quezon City.
Several officials of WellMed Dialysis Center, including their lawyers went to the NBI office on Monday (June 10) to explain their side of the issue.
This was after receiving a subpoena for the alleged ‘ghost claims’ at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Rowell Ilagan, one of the owner’s lawyers, said that the whistle blowers Edwin Roberto and Liezel Santos were the ones doing the anomalies.
“Nag-send out kami ng demand letters (We sent out demand letters) January of 2019 requiring them to explain the irregularities that we found out, and because of this siguro natakot na marami kaming demand letters, kaya siguro binaligtad nila iyong kwento, (maybe they got scared so they flipped the story),” he said.
However, Roberto and Santos both denied Ilagan’s claims. WellMed’s camp is also prepared to file charges against the two.
Meanwhile, the NBI has already arrested one of the owners, Bryan Sy, for estafa, falsification of documents and violation of PhilHealth laws.—(with reports from April Cenedoza)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested a stuntman who works at a known TV network on Monday (May 27).
CIDG Detective and Special Operations Unit Chief Lt Col. Domingo Soriano said that suspect Ryan Martin Cabañas, 38, was nabbed inside his home in Cainta, Rizal while being served with a warrant of arrest for charges of illegal recruitment.
Soriano said the operation was prompted by a number of complaints they received from Cabañas’ alleged victims.
During the operation, authorities confiscated from Cabañas a number of firearms and ammunition including an unlicensed caliber .22 rifle.
An identification card and badge of an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) were also recovered from the suspect.
Soriano said Cabañas was using the ID and the badge to introduce himself as an NBI volunteer agent.
Cabañas is now facing charges for violation of R.A. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)
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