NBI, itutuloy ang imbestigasyon sa ‘di otorisadong COVID-19 vaccination

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2021   •   131

MANILA, Philippines – Tuloy pa rin ang gagawing imbestigasyon ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) sa mga hindi rehistrado at hindi otorisadong pagsasagawa ng COVID-19 vaccination sa bansa.

Ito ay sa kabila ng utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa Presidential Security Group (PSG) na huwag magsalita kung sakaling ipatatawag ang grupo sa pagdinig sa Kongreso.

Ayon kay NBI Spokesperson Atty Ferdinand Lavin, hindi taliwas sa pahayag ng pangulo ang pagpapatuloy ng kanilang imbestigasyon dahil hindi naman ito naka-sentro lang sa ginawang na pagpapabakuna ng PSG.

Aniya, layon ng pagsisiyasat na usisain ang mga ulat sa umano’y importasyon, pagbebenta, at pagsasagawa ng COVID-19 vaccination nang walang pahintulot mula sa pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Noong araw ng Lunes nang matanggap ng NBI ang atas mula sa Department of Justice (DOJ) hinggil sa imbestigasyon at hindi ito ititigil hangga’t hindi ipag-uutos ni Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Ayon kay Lavin, makikipag-ugnayan sila kay PSG commander Brigadier General Jesus Durante para sa detalye hinggil sa pagpapabakuna ng kanyang mga tauhan, pati na sa civic leader na si Teresita Ang See kaugnay naman ng ibinunyag nitong marami nang Chinese nationals na nagtatrabaho sa offshore gaming operations ang nakatanggap ng bakuna kontra COVID-19.

Sakop aniya ng gagawing pagsisiyasat ng NBI na alamin kung paano nangyari at sino ang nasa likod ng pagbabakuna, at kung sinu-sino ang tumanggap nito. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

Christine Dacera case: 12 occupants from room 2207 appear before NBI

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Twelve individuals who stayed at room 2207 in a Makati City Hotel have appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection to the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera.

NBI Spokesperson Atty Ferdinand Lavin said the 12, who came along with their legal counsels, underwent over 10 hours of question and answer investigation by the NBI experts.

“They opted that they will come  again altogether, sama-sama sila with counsels so everyone is to witness how the investigation proceeds as against all of them, nakikita nung iba paanong iniimbestigahan sila,” Lavin said.

It was learned that Dacera and some of her friends rented room 2209 of the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati to celebrate the new year and that they mingled with the occupants of room 2207.

In CCTV footages, Dacera and some of her friends were seen going back and forth between the two rooms on the night of December 31.

Dacera was found unconscious last Jan. 1 in the bathtub of room 2209. She was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Respondent John Pascual dela Serna, in his counter-affidavit submitted to the Makati Prosecutor’s Office, said they went to room 2207 after they were invited by another respondent, Ed Madrid, who knew the occupants there.

Lavin said investigators have also invited the individuals who stayed with Dacera at room 2209 as part of their ongoing probe.

“They have their lawyers so may counsel dito, and we thank them for their cooperation. Hindi pa tapos ito, and the statements would be validated against the pieces of evidence,” he said.

The Department of Justice last week ordered the NBI to help in the investigation into the death of Dacera. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Dacera’s camp claims cover-up

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The family of Christine Dacera is optimistic about the new evidence obtained by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

On Tuesday (January 12), the NBI said they were able to get urine samples inside Christine’s body contrary to the previous result of the autopsy conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) that the flight attendant’s bladder was empty.

According to Atty. Brick Reyes, spokesperson of the Dacera family, authorities will be able to determine if Christine was given illegal drugs through the urine samples.

“Naniniwala sila that (They believed) Christine was drugged. Nabigyan ng droga (She was given drugs) against her will and eventually she was sexually molested,” Reyes said.

They further claim there was a cover up in the case.

“They believed that there was a cover-up, at tsaka hinihintay namin iyong second autopsy na hiningi namin dahil sa dinidispute ng pamilya ang resulta ng unang autopsy (and we are waiting for the second autopsy because the family is disputing the result of the first autopsy),” he added.

Based on the forensic test result, the suspects will be identified and the truth behind the allegations will soon be determined.

So far, the group of men who checked in at Room 2207 are still hiding even a certain ‘Mark’ who Christine mentioned to her other friend who she suspected to have put something in her drink.

Reyes said the family also wants to seek help from Congress to revisit the provisions of the Anti-Rape Law.

“I think there is a need for a study on the possible amending the law so that we will add the use of this sexual drugs as a ground for same probable cause,” he said.

“I think maraming nabiktima nitong droga na hindi na nagreklamo (I think there are other victims of this drug who are hesitant to come out),” he added.

Meanwhile, the PNP is asking the fiscal office to defer the preliminary investigation set on January 27 while they are still waiting for the results of the DNA analysis, toxicology/chemical analysis, histopath examination, and laboratory result from Makati Medical Center where Christine was brought on the day of January 1.

Christine’s mother and the PNP, meanwhile, refused to comment on the case at this point. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Probe on PSG COVID-19 vaccination to push through – FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday said it will push through with its investigation into the unauthorized inoculation of COVID-19 vaccine to some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

FDA Director-General Eric Domingo issued this statement even after President Rodrigo Duterte told his security detail to keep mum should lawmakers ask them about their vaccination.

Duterte’s order to the PSG prompted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to call off its investigation into the controversial immunization.

Domingo said the president’s directive only applies to congressional hearings.

“Ang FDA po mayroong set po ng proseso kung paano po naming hina-handle at ini-investigate ang mga complaint at mga reports na mga ganito,” he said during a public briefing.

“Itutuloy naman po namin ‘yun according to process laid down by FDA,” he added.

The National Bureau of Investigation is also conducting a separate probe into the issue.

Malacañang earlier lauded the security group’s courage in taking an unregistered vaccine as part of their mission to protect the health and safety of the president. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)


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