Arrested Manuel Vandellon Bala a.k.a Manuel Bala dubbed as the ‘Golden Hands’ of the Philippines
MANILA, Philippines – The so-called “golden hands of the Philippines” has fallen into the trap of the members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti Organized and Transnational Criminal Division (AOTCD).
The entrapment operation conducted on Friday (October 5) arrested Manuel Vandellon Bala a.k.a Manuel Bala who is known for his “expertise” in forging documents.
His arrest was executed after the U.S. Embassy alerted the NBI of a falsified document submitted to them by two persons who claimed themselves as husband and wife.
According to Bala, visa applicants Kevin Keith Fajardo and Jarra Rowella sought his help to acquire a visa to the United States. Bala admitted that he advised the two to pose as married couple and he would provide them with the necessary documents.
“When this was checked by the US Embassy, it turned out that there was no marriage on record with the Philippine Statistic Office,” said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin.
Aside from absence of records at the PASO, Kevin also has no existing records with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regarding his alleged business.
“He is a notorious guy and that would explain the strings of criminal records on file with the NBI,” said Atty. Joel Tuvera of NBI-AOTCD.
But the suspect insisted that his was a suggestion in order to help the two to expedite the process of visa application.
“Kaya sinasabing “golden hand” dahil pag merong visa at umalis, pumapasok sa Amerika. Ano pinirmahan doon? The visa is genuine. It was acquired through the embassy. So, walang golden hands dito,” the suspect argued.
Bala was arrested in the 90’s over a similar case which is in violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code.
The same charges will be filed against him and an investigation is now underway to further assess if other charges will be filed against him.
Bala earned about P400,000 in a single transaction.
The NBI reminds the public to go with the proper authorities especially when processing important documents to avoid such modus operandi and possible charges. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)