Napoles’ brother being used to protect ‘big names’in PDAF Scam – DOJ

admin   •   May 12, 2017   •   3390

MANILA —  Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitallano Aguirre has revealed the reason why Janet Lim-Napoles wanted to be transferred to the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“Kasi diba yung kapatid nya was never arrested. Merong malalim na parang kuwan dyan, yung kapatid nyang yan ay naka-prenda para hindi magsalita si Janet,” said DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre. (Her brother was never arrested. There is more to the story. His brother has been pawned to stop Janet from talking.)

He added that Napoles’ brother and co-accused, Reynald Lim, is being held by a big group.

Sec. Aguirre said Reynald Lim is being used to prevent Napoles from disclosing other names involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Scam.

“Actually, kaya naman hindi lang nagsasalita si Janet Napoles gawa ng talagang nag-aalala sya na kapag nagsalita sya lalong magiging endangered yung kanyang life,” Sec. Aguirre added. (Actually Janet Napoles is not speaking out because she is worried that her life will be in more danger.)

Napoles’ legal counsel, Atty. Stephen David, went to the DOJ to personally appeal for his client to be transferred to a different facility.

The DOJ is also studying the proposal to make Napoles a state witness, instead of being the accused.

READ: Duterte agrees on Napoles’ acquittal for illegal detention

Aguirre agreed with the position of Napoles’ camp that only government officials may be charged with plunder, and not any private individuals like Janet Napoles.

The DOJ has thorough investigation underway and assures there will be more revelations of ‘big names’ said to be involved in the PDAF and the  Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) scam.

We will be making an honest to goodness effort to reopen itong (this) PDAF and even DAP cases.  Kaya’t (That’s why) we could not rest in view of the fact that only three among hundreds of responsible public officials dito sa dalawang kasong ito (in these two cases),” Sec. Aguirre said.   — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

NBI arrests 5 people allegedly involved in BDO hacking

Robie de Guzman   •   January 21, 2022

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday said it has arrested five persons allegedly involved in a hacking incident that affected more than 700 BDO account holders.

In a statement, NBI Director Eric Distor said the five individuals, including two Nigerian nationals, were part of the “Mark Nagoyo Heist Group” tagged in a massive hacking of BDO accounts.

Distor identified the suspects as Ifesinachi Fountain Anaekwe alias Daddy Champ, Chukwuemeka Peter Nwadi, Jherom Anthony Taupa, Ronelyn Panaligan, and Clay Revillosa.

The Nigerian nationals underwent inquest proceedings before the Department of Justice, Manila for Trafficking in Unauthorized Access Devices under Section 9 of RA 8484 otherwise known as the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998.

Taupa, meanwhile, is facing complaint for Misuse of Devices under Section 4(a)(5)(i)(aa) of RA 10175 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

The NBI said the Nigerian nationals were arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by its Cybercrime Division in Mabalacat, Pampanga on January 18, 2022.

The two were caught in the act of offering accounts for sale during the operation, the agency added.

“The operation stemmed from information provided by the informant who had transactions with the subjects,” the NBI said.

“The informant voluntarily appeared before the NBI-CCD to give information regarding several individuals believed to be leaders, members, or affiliates of Mark Nagoyo Group,” it added.

It can be recalled that BDO account holders in December reported unauthorized money transfer transactions involving tens of thousands of pesos. Initial reports showed that the group was able to access customers’ bank accounts while supposedly bypassing the One-Time-Pin requirement and drained funds in those accounts. Email confirmations for the bulk of the illegal transfers showed that they were made by a certain “Mark D. Nagoyo.”

The informant said the arrested subjects were engaged in the business of providing access devices to anyone looking for options to cash out funds fraudulently obtained, including bank accounts, crypto wallets, or even point-of-sale terminals of otherwise legitimate merchants.

The informant also revealed that he received a call from a certain “Mark Froilan” about money cashouts, who later contacted Nigerian national Anaekwe. The suspect then said he will provide the informant with three different accounts for the transfer of P10 million each, “apparently referring to the funds from BDO alluded to by Mark Froilan.”

Meanwhile, Taupa was arrested in a buy-bust operation also conducted on January 18 in Floridablanca, Pampanga “for selling ‘scampage’ or phishing website.”

The NBI said another informant identified Taupa as one of the masterminds behind the Mark Nagoyo scam. Taupa was said to be engaged in selling scampage, particularly an imitation of Gcash Webpage.

“Accordingly, Taupa modified the code in order to gather the log-in details of unwitting victims who would access the scampage in the mistaken belief that they were opening Gcash’s official portal,” the bureau said.

The owner of the phishing website would then be able to get into the victim’s Gcash accounts to steal their funds.

The NBI said it launched the operation after the information and Taupa agreed on P2,000 payment in cash for the scampage.

“Taupa admitted that he was selling Gcash scampages which he stored in his computer,” it said.

“Further investigation revealed that subject Jherom Taupa is involved in a group heist, being the one sending the emailing list containing personal details of various bank customers to a group of individuals responsible for sending email to the former. The said email contains a link which when clicked, will be used for the hacking process of the heist group,” it added.

The NBI said a separate operation by its operatives yielded the arrest of Panaligan and Revillosa, who were tagged as web developer and downloader in the BDO hacking incident.

‘No vax, no ride’ policy may legal na basehan pero limitado ang pagpapatupad – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – May legal na basehan ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila, ayon sa Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ang pagtatanggol sa polisiya ay ginawa ni DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra sa gitna ng mga pagtutol sa panuntunan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na nagbabawal sa mga hindi bakunado laban sa COVID-19 na sumakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan kung walang maipapakitang dokumento o katunayan ng exemption.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Guevarra na ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng DOTr ay alinsunod sa Administrative Code (EO292) at batay sa Republic Act 11332 o ang batas na nag-oobliga sa pag-uulat ng notifiable diseases.

Aniya, sa ilalim ng batas ay may kapangyarihan ang pamahalaan na limitahan ang galaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado kung para ito sa interes at kaligtasan ng publiko.

“The state has the power to regulate the movement of unvaccinated persons if it deems that such regulation is in the interest of public health or public safety and is for the benefit not only of the vaccinated but also of the unvaccinated,” ani Guevarra.

“In short, a person may refuse to get vaccinated for his/her own personal reasons, but he/she is duty-bound to obey reasonable state regulations affecting unvaccinated persons for the benefit of society at-large,” dagdag pa niya.

Sinimulang ipatupad sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila ang “no vaccination, no ride” policy noong Lunes, Enero 17.

Exempted sa panuntunan ang mga manggagawang papasok sa trabaho, may medical condition kaya hindi makapagpabakuna, mga kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods at services at mga pasaherong naka-schedule na magpabakuna. Kailangan lamang nilang magpakita ng identification card, medical appointment at iba pang dokumento.

Maraming grupo ang kumukwestiyon sa nasabing polisiya na tinawag nilang “anti-poor” at “discriminatory” sa mga hindi pa bakunado, lalo na sa mga walang sariling sasakyan.

Pero giit ni Guevarra, hindi naman pinagbabawalang bumiyahe ang mga hindi pa bakunado dahil ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang sa public transportation, at may nakasaad ring exemption sa rule na ito.

“The unvaccinated are not absolutely prohibited from availing themselves of public transport, provided that they have passes to show that they are out to obtain essential goods and service, such as food and medicine; or that they have medical certifications showing that they could not be vaccinated for medical or health reasons,” ang paliwanag ng opisyal.

Binigyang-diin rin ng DOJ chief na tatlo sa apat na indibidwal na naoospital o kaya ay namamatay dulot ng COVID-19 ay hindi bakunado.

At bagaman common carrier o pampublikong sasakyan ay bukas sa lahat, may responsibilidad rin aniya ang mga nangangasiwa nito na ihatid ang mga pasahero nang ligas sa kanilang mga patutunguhan.

“Common carriers are indeed open to everyone, but under our existing laws operators of common carriers are bound to carry their passengers safely to their destinations, and ‘safely’ means freedom not only from accidental injury but also from transmissible diseases,” ani Guevarra.

Paalala rin ni Guevarra na time-bound lamang o limitado lang ang panahon ng pagpapatupad ng polisiya at hindi naman ito required sa iba pang lugar na mababa ang bilang ng mga nababakunahan kontra COVID-19.

Una nang sinabi ng DOTr na ang polisiya ay epektibo lamang habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa ang Metro Manila. Batay rin anila ito sa resolusyong ipinasa ng konseho ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

DOJ wants Kerwin Espinosa transferred to ‘more secure’ detention facility

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) is eyeing to transfer self-confessed drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa to a more secure detention facility following his alleged attempt to escape the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) facility.

“We believe that Kerwin Espinosa should be transferred to a more secure detention facility in view of the numerous cases that he is currently facing,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, the NBI said it thwarted the plan of three detainees led by Espinosa to bolt from its facility through a hole of the exhaust fan at the ceiling.

Guevarra, however, said that Espinosa’s transfer to another facility would need commitment orders from the courts where his cases are being tried.

“Ordinarily, unbailed individuals awaiting completion of their trial are detained in facilities of the BJMP,” he said.

“The courts will determine the appropriate BJMP facility, but we’ll recommend the most secure one. the same arrangement will be recommended for the other detainees who attempted to escape,” he added.

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