Mantaring says he's ready to face probe on bribe attempt allegation

July 18, 2010 11:50 am 

MANILA, July 17 — Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Nestor M. Mantaring has said he is ready to face probe in connection with the alleged attempt by a retired Philippine Air Force official to bribe a key witness in the Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre with P10 million to retract his statement.

Mantaring's name cropped up in the bribe attempt allegation following information that the supposed emissary, retired Col. Antonio Mariano, first went to the office of Mantaring on June 10, 2010 before he proceeded to the office of the NBI Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) headed by lawyer Ric Diaz.

The former NBI director said he has yet to receive a formal invitation from the NBI to give statement to the bureau's Internal Affairs Division (IAD) regarding the matter.

Mantaring also said he could not immediately recall if Mariano indeed passed by his office, adding his office received several guests everyday.

According to the former NBI chief, he is willing to face the investigation but stressed that he has not yet been invited by the NBI for the investigation or questioning.

Mantaring said he was not informed by Diaz regarding Mariano’s alleged attempt to bribe, nor the letter sent by Deputy Director for Intelligence Services lawyer Ruel Lasala to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the bribe attempt. (PNA) scs/JES

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