De Lima orders Arellano to probe NBI execs

January 20, 2012 11:39 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Friday formally turned over to Prosecutor General Claro Arellano the report of the DOJ panel who investigated the complaint for kidnapping involving some officials and personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The DOJ panel was chaired by DOJ Undersecretary Francisco "Toti" Baraan III.

The NBI, which is the Philippines' premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the DOJ.

In a memorandum dated Jan. 20, 2012, De Lima directed Arellano to take action on the recommendation of the DOJ panel to place under a preliminary investigation some officials of the NBI for possible criminal liability.

Among those recommended by the DOJ panel to be charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention were NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula; former NBI Security Management Division chief Mario Garcia; Garcia's assets, namely Chona Elen Esplana and Virgelito Gutierrez; Gatdula's Special Assistant Raul Dimaano; and Special Investigator Jose Odelon Cabillan; and 11 security volunteers.

However, Gatdula was not yet recommended to be placed under preliminary investigation after De Lima ordered the DOJ panel to review and reassess the exact criminal liability of Gatdula in order to determine whether or not he has a direct knowledge or merely an accessory.

De Lima also submitted to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales the recommendation of the panel to file administrative charges against NBI officials, including Garcia, Gatdula and Cabillan, who were all recommended to be charged with grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

It can be recalled that some NBI officials were allegedly involved in an P6-million extortion in exchange for the release of a Japanese national identified as Noriyo Ohara in October last year. (PNA)



One Response to “De Lima orders Arellano to probe NBI execs”

  1. Jake Sanchez on January 23rd, 2012 7:38 pm

    To PNOY, stop, look and listen, if you really want to clear the NBI org. with hoodlums and scalawags! fired NBI Deputy Directors Rickson Chiong and Edmund Arugay these 2 are the most corrupt in the organizations. They are the very people inside the bureau who should not only be fired but must be subjected to various criminal liabilities.