‘NBI lawyer’s arrest shows gov’t won’t tolerate corruption’ — Guevarra

Published September 23, 2020, 3:36 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The arrest of a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) lawyer should serve as a warning that the government will not tolerate corruption, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN)

Guevarra pointed this following the arrest of NBI legal section chief Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral and his brother, BI officer Christopher John Capiral, during an entrapment operation last Monday night, Sept. 21.

“The apprehension of a ranking official of the NBI is a stern warning to all that corrupt and other criminal activities will not be tolerated, especially in agencies which are supposed to be the pillars in the administration of criminal justice,” the secretary stated.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to resolve the criminal complaint filed against a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) lawyer and his brother who works as a Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer following their arrest for asking P200,000 from a BI officer tagged in the “pastillas” scheme.

Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said the complaint has been submitted for resolution after the brothers–NBI legal section chief Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral and BI officer Christopher John Capiral–underwent inquest proceedings at the DOJ on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

“Respondents did not execute waiver for the inquest so submitted for reso(lution) ang case (so the case has been submitted for resolution),” said the DOJ official.

This means the case will no longer have to undergo preliminary investigation, during which, parties will have to submit arguments and counter-arguments concerning the allegations.

During the inquest proceedings, the NBI filed a complaint against the brothers for robbery/extortion in violation of the Revised Penal Code (RPC); violating Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Executive Order No. 608, s. 2007 Establishing A National Security Clearance System for Government Personnel With Access to Classified Matters And For Other Purposes; and for violating Republic Act 7613, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Officials and Employees.

The Capiral brothers were arrested by agents of the NBI’s Special Special Action Unit (SAU) based on the complaint of BI officer Jeffrey Dale Salamde Ignacio.

Ignacio told the NBI that the brothers asked him for P200,000 for the possibility of being cleared from charges in connection with the “pastillas” scheme.

Ignacio is one of the 19 respondents named by the NBI in the Sept. 1 complaint that was filed before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) for their alleged involvement in the “pastillas” scheme.

“These IOs/IPs (immigration officers/immigration personnel) allow foreign nationals entry in the country despite the absence of the necessary documents as required by prevailing Immigration rules and regulations in exchange of so-called ‘pastillas money’,” the NBI previously said in a statement about the complaint filed before the OMB.

 
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