NBI set to file next week more charges vs Francis Leo Marcos

Published June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will file next week more charges against online personality Francis Leo Marcos, whose real name is Norman Mangusin.

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“By next week ipa-file na namin (We we will file the criminal complaints next week),” said NBI Cyber Crime Division (NBI-CCD) Chief Victor Lorenzo said on Saturday, June 20.

Lorenzo said his office will transmit before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office criminal complaints seeking to hold preliminary investigations against Marcos over allegations of violating the Passport Law and for concealment of true name in violation of the Revised Penal Code.

“Nakita namin ine-evade niya yung mga kaso ng Norman Mangusin (We found that he has been evading cases that have been filed against the person with the name Norman Mangusin),” said the NBI official.

He said investigators received information from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that Marcos holds three passports under the names of Norman Mangusin, Francis Antonio and Francis Leo Marcos.

Lorenzo added that investigators also received certification from the Philippine Statistics Office (PSO) that only the person with the name Norman Mangusin has a birth certificate.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo revealed more alleged human trafficking victims of Marcos have appeared before the NBI seeking to file charges against the online personality.

The NBI official explained the recent complaints are all connected to the human trafficking case Marcos is facing before the Manila regional trial court (RTC) concerning the sending of Filipino women to Cyprus where they end up as sex slaves.

Lorenzo said the NBI also intends to include Marcos in another human trafficking case pending before the Pasay City RTC concerning the raid of a men’s club years back where four female minors were discovered among those working there.

“Nasampahan ng kaso yung mga managers niya doon kaya lang hindi na-retrieve kung sino ang may ari at that time kaya hindi siya na-include sa charge sheet (His managers were charged but at that time it was not known who was the registered owner that’s why Marcos was not charged),” the NBI official explained.

“Pero ngayon meron na kaming kopya na registered sa kanya iyon at meron na rin kaming statement na magtuturo na siya yun (Now we have a document showing he is the owner of the club as well as statements identifying him as the owner),” he added.

The online personality, who is known for his online “Mayaman Challenge” videos, was arrested by the NBI-CCD led by Lorenzo last May 19 in Quezon City based on the arrest warrant issued by the Baguio City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 in 2018 over charges of violating Republic Act 8050, the Revised Optometry Law of 1995.

Following his arrest, investigators discovered Marcos also has other arrest warrants issued by various courts.

These include an estafa case before the Makati City RTC and violence against women and children (VAWC) cases before the RTCs of Caaloocan City and Gapan, Nueva Ecija.

During the investigation, Lorenzo said Marcos was able to marry three women, two of who he used the name Francis Leo Marcos, while, the other he used the name Norman Mangusin.