NBI ordered to probe identity of body said to be Echanis

Robie de Guzman   •   August 11, 2020   •   860

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday said it has directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to determine the identity of the person slain in Novaliches, Quezon City, following claims that the deceased was peasant activist and peace consultant Randall Echanis and not Manuel Santiago as reported by police.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he also ordered the department’s special investigation team tasked to probe cause-oriented killings to look into Echanis’ killing.

He, however, stressed that the victim’s identity must be ascertained first before the task force starts its investigation due to “emerging confusion.”

He said he will refer the question on the identity of the body to the NBI Forensic Division.

Once the victim’s identity is verified, the Administrative Order (AO) 35 Task Force, which is assigned to investigate the killings of persons on account of their advocacies, will probe the incident.

The special investigation team was formed in 2012 pursuant to AO 35.

The Quezon City Police District earlier said that the person killed inside his rented apartment in Novaliches was a certain Manuel Santiago based on the identification card found in the scene and the landlord’s statement.

Another person, identified as Louie Tagapia, was also found dead along with Santiago.

The Anakpawis and other militant groups, however, claimed that one of the victims was Echanis, a peasant advocate and peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The family also declared that the slain person was Echanis. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

Renewal ng NBI clearance, maaari nang gawin online

Robie de Guzman   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Mas pinadali na ang proseso ng renewal ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance dahil maaari na ito ngayong gawing online at ipa-deliver sa bahay.

Ngayong Huwebes, June 17, inilunsad ng NBI ang online renewal ng clearance sa layuning maiwasan ang kumpulan ng mga tao sa tanggapan ng ahensiya sa gitna pa rin ng banta ng COVID-19.

Ayon kay Atty. Jose Justo Yap, NBI deputy director, maaari nang gawin online ang pagpapa-renew ng clearance sa pamamagitan ng pagbisita sa website na na www.clearance.NBI.gov.ph at punan ang mga detalyeng hinihingi sa form.

Kapag walang naging problema at kumpleto naman ang requirements ay maaari nang makuha ang clearance sa loob ng 48 oras.

“At this time of pandemic, we guarantee the safety of our clearance applicant by securing their NBI clearance or renewing their NBI clearance at the comfort of their homes,” ani Yap.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ni NBI spokesperson Atty. Ferdinand Lavin na hindi makokompromiso ang personal na impormasyon sa renewal ng NBI clearance kahit pa online at non-appearance na ang aplikasyon nito.

“In terms of leak o ano man yan, our firewall is very much secured and we rest assured the public that the data provided to the NBI are secured and safe,” ani Lavin.

Sakali namang magkaroon ng hit sa online renewal, kailangan pa ring pumunta ang aplikante sa pinakamalapit na tanggapan ng NBI.

“Pwedeng mag-hit po kayo sa online renewal, and kung mangyari po na mag hit kayo you have to report to the nearest NBI office for the quality control interview, that is kung bago yung kaso ninyo pero kung old case yan na clear ka na dyan wala namang problema yun,” ani Yap.

Paglilinaw naman ng ahensya, tanging sa renewal process pa lamang available ang online transaction at hindi pa kasama rito ang mga first time na kukuha ng NBI clearance.

Kinakailangan pa rin ng mga bagong aplikante na pumunta ng personal sa opisina ng NBI para magpasa ng requirements at biometrics, kasama na dito kung may hit ang iyong pangalan.

Sa ngayon, sa Metro Manila pa lamang available ng online renewal ng NBI clerance, pero plano itong palawigin sa 129 na NBI center sa buong bansa.

Sa tala ng NBI, nasa 1,500 nagrerenew ng NBI clearance kada araw at inaasahang dadami pa ito sa pagsisimula ng online renewal process. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent JP Nuñez)

NBI arrests Japanese fugitive in Parañaque City for alleged online fraud, extortion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have arrested a Japanese fugitive wanted for his alleged involvement in online fraud and extortion.

According to the NBI, suspect Watanabe Yuki is the so-called “Big Boss” of the largest telecommunication fraud syndicate, whose international operations cover several countries including Japan and Philippines. The agency also said they have already verified the information.

The BI is currently in custody of Yuki. BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said Yuki’s case is still pending at the Supreme Court (SC).

“With regards to implementation of the deportation, we’d have to wait for the resolution of the local case before we can implement,” Sandoval said.  AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

P70 million worth of alleged fake, smuggled ‘Heng De’ face shields

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Approximately P70 million worth of alleged fake and smuggled “Heng De” face shields from China were seized from a warehouse located at 83 Luzon Road, BF Homes, Parañaque City on Thursday (May 20).

The operation was carried out by members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

According to the confiscating team, the personal protective equipment (PPE) did not pass appropriate inspection and may not be declared safe for use by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

The BOC is set to destroy the alleged fake and smuggled PPE after proper investigation.

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