NBI: No special custody arrangement yet for Kerwin Espinosa

admin   •   December 15, 2016   •   4413

File photo: Kerwin Espinosa

 

MANILA, Philippines — There will be no special custody arrangement for Kerwin Espinosa after his transfer to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday night.

NBI Spokesman Ferdinand Lavin says they are just following orders from the court to secure Espinosa.

“We are taking him into custody because there is a court order. So there’s no special arrangement here yet. But I understand the application with the DOJ under the WPP (Witness Protection Program) is already being processed.

Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes says they are still studying whether NBI should treat Espinosa as an ordinary detainee or as a WPP-covered witness.

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Nonetheless, the NBI assures Espinosa of his safety saying they are implementing tighter security especially this holiday season.

Espinosa is being kept in a facility inside the NBI compound.

NBI spokesman added, “It’s a very tight security. The NBI is ready to address any threat on the life of not only Kerwin Espinosa but on any of our detention prisoners and on persons being kept under protective custody.

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On December 6, the regional trial court in Baybay, Leyte ordered the transfer of Kerwin to NBI from the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

He is facing charges for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs.

The DOJ is now processing his application to the Witness Protection Program as a potential state witness in the drug trafficking cases of Senator Leila de Lima. — RODERICK MENDOZA / UNTV News & Rescue)

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NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

ICC urged to lift suspension on PH drug war probe

Maris Federez   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Petitioners against President Rodrigo Duterte will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reconsider its decision to suspend the investigation on the administration’s war on drugs campaign.

On November 10, Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Eduardo Malaya wrote to ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan to suspend the investigation, reminding the court that the Philippines has the primary responsibility and right to conduct an investigation and, eventually, prosecute all cases inside its jurisdiction.

Malaya also underscored that the country’s justice system is working.

National Union of Peoples Lawyers Chairman Atty. Neri Colmenares, however, said that the government is not serious in its efforts to investigate drug war-related killings in the country.

“There is no genuine investigation, prosecution in the Philippines at ipo-prove namin na hindi siya genuine investigation doon sa haba ng pahahon ng delay pangalawa kokonti ang imbestigahan, pangatlo si Duterte hindi iniimbestigahan at kinakasuhan,” Colmenares said.

Colmenares said the government’s anti-illegal drug operations left thousands dead after they allegedly fought against authorities.

“Kasi ang admitted na patay na dito sa Pilipinas ay 7,000 at least 7,000. So, ang sabi nga ng mga human rights groups mga 20,000 pero sige na kahit 7,000 lang napakaliit ng 52 na inimbestigahan mo para sabihin na seryosong inimbestigahan,” Colmenares insisted.

Colmenares is one of the legal counsels of the petitioners in the complaints filed before the ICC against Duterte.

He said they will send to the ICC their pleadings and will ask the court to immediately lift the suspension of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra also urged the families of the victims who were allegedly slain during the government’s operations to directly file complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The DOJ also promised to provide legal assistance to the victims through the Public Attorneys Office and the Witness Protection Program. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

PNP, NBI to jointly probe, prosecute law enforcers’ violations in drug war ops

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have signed an agreement for cooperation in formal investigation of all police operations relating to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

The PNP said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the NBI was signed on Wednesday. PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar and NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor signed the agreement before the Department of Justice.

The four-page MOA serves as an authority for the two agencies “to build cases against PNP personnel who would be found violating the criminal laws in the conduct of operations against illegal drug personalities across the country.”

“The PNP and the NBI shall jointly evaluate the government’s anti-illegal drug operations, and, where necessary, determine possible criminal liability on the part of the police officers involved in these operations,” the MOA read.

“As state agencies, both parties seek to ascertain the truth regarding the allegations of human rights violations and possible criminal liability in the conduct of government’s anti-illegal drug operations,” it added.

The agreement emphasizes the commitment of the PNP and the NBI in supporting each other in terms of the following:

  • Sharing all documents, records and pieces of evidence relating to the police anti-drug operations;
  • Undertaking investigation, case build-up and the possible filing of criminal complaints against any police officer who would be found violating the laws.
  • Prepare a full and detailed report of all relevant findings and recommendations for submission to each counterpart head of agency
  • Designation of points of contact and representatives for ease of coordination

Under the Agreement, the PNP is expected to designate representatives from the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) and the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the NBI to name representatives from its Office of the Assistant Director for Regional Operations Service, Office of the Assistant Director for Investigation Service, Office of the Assistant Director for Intelligence Service, and the Office of the Assistant Director for Forensic Service.

The designation of the representatives must be done within 15 days after the signing of the MOA, the PNP said.

Representatives from both the PNP and the NBI will form the PNP-NBI Joint Investigation Team. Their meeting is set at least once a month.

“The signing of this Agreement is proof of the PNP’s commitment to transparency and accountability and in order to finally settle the allegations of human rights abuses that have been hounding the government’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs since July 2016,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Through this Agreement, we will be able to ferret out the truth and correct the wrong impression that all our operations relating to illegal drugs campaign are tainted with human rights abuse. Napakalaki ng sakripisyo ng ating kapulisan sa kampanyang ito at marami din kaming kasamahan na nagbuwis ng buhay at nasugatan sa aming mga operasyon,” he added.

For his part, Distor assured impartiality in the conduct of the investigation.

“The NBI shares the goal of the PNP to put an end to the illegal drugs problem in the country. We have been coordinating and working together to address this problem through joint operations and information sharing,” he said.

“We assure impartiality in the conduct of investigation and we are confident that this would finally address the concerns on the manner by which the government’s illegal drug operations have been undertaken and to correct what needs to be corrected in the interest of truth and justice,” he added.

At least 52 cases involving 154 police officers will be prioritized by the PNP-NBI Joint Investigation Team. Those cases were already reviewed by the DOJ and were recommended for further investigation and case build-up.

The criminal cases that may be recommended by the Joint Investigation Team are separate from the administrative cases that would be pursued by the IAS, the PNP said.

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