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Friday, September 20, 2019

Extortion, bribery issue a small setback in NBI

AN OFFICIAL of the National Bureau of Investigation-Southern Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-SMRO) said that the alleged extortion activities and bribery against their regional director is just a "small setback" on the bureau.

Exzel Hernandez, assistant regional director of NBI-SMRO said on Wednesday, August 16, that the recent incident is part of the nature of their job as they usually encounter big personalities in their effort to crackdown illegal activities.

"Sa amin normal kapag nag-file kami ng cases (For us it's normal when we file cases against) personalities may it be politicians local officials. [Despite that,] wala kaming qualm sa pag aresto kung kinakailangan (We don't have any qualms in arresting when necessary)," he said.

Since the issue of extortion erupted involving the regional director Arnold Rosales after Efren Miguel Aquino, owner of the Plaza Roman KTV Bar claimed that the bureau extracted P500,000 from him following the raid in his bar on August 8, the NBI national has immediately sent a team from the internal affairs division to conduct its own investigation to verify the veracity of the complaint of the businessman.

Hernandez added that Rosales is still performing his official duty as regional director while the investigation is ongoing.

There was no case filed yet against Rosales, he said.

The NBI, like the Philippine National Police, are also conducting internal cleansing against its personnel.

He said that recently, the national director reshuffled its personnel from the computer crime division for certain irregularities.

In NBI-SMRO, there was no reported agent who was involved in illegal activities.

Meanwhile, they are just waiting for the result of the investigation and believe that when it is proven wrong, the trust and confidence of the public to their office will return.

"Our morale is still intact I cannot say it is very high we keep on thinking this is just a trial. It is a small hump in the quest for investigation in our job," he said.
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