NBI cybercrime office personnel reshuffled over ‘corruption’ in raid vs 3 IT firms

MANILA-- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II ordered a reshuffle of the operatives of two divisions in National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection to corruption allegations against personnel of the Cybercrime Unit and Digital Forensic Laboratory hurled by three local IT solution firms.

Aguirre issued Department Orders no. 461 and 462 dated July 4, 2017 named Head Agent Manuel Eduarte as new chief of the Cybercrime Division with Special Agent Alex Bautista as executive officer and Senior Agents Juliana Gabionza, Ryner Ergo and Nina Grace Bacho, and Agents Chris Edgardo Anonuevo and Ma. Aiza Arcega as members while Special Agent Victor Lorenzo was designated Chief for the Digital Forensics Laboratory, with Special Agent Christopher Paz as executive officer and Agent Edgardo Anonuevo and Special Investigator Jay Salangguste as members.

The reshuffle in the two divisions came after Aguirre ordered an investigation on allegations against members of the NBI Cybercrime Division and Digital Forensics Laboratory involved in the operations on the offices of Intellcash International Inc., Datacentric Corporation and Delta Clout.

Aguirre issued Department Order No. 460 dated July 4, 2017 ordered fact-finding committee to investigate the alleged corruption and other anomalies in relation to the operation conducted by members of the said offices against the owners and employees of the said IT firms.

The fact-finding committee is composed of DOJ Undersecretary in Charge of the NBI Raymund L. Mecate, as Chairperson of the Committee; DOJ Assistant Secretary Juvy R. Manwong as Vice-Chairperson; with NBI Internal Affairs Services Head, Eric B. Distor; DOJ Office of the Cybercrime OIC-Director Jed Sherwin G. Uy and Atty. Noel O. Adriatico as members.

This probe is one way to separate the good from the bad. The bad and the undesirable elements must be severed before they infect and taint the careers of the still many good men and women of the NBI, Aguirre said in a statement.

The fact finding committee was also tasked to determine the administrative and criminal liabilities, that has been incurred by the members of the NBI's personnel and other component offices who participated in the operations.

Corruption has no place anywhere in the DOJ family. It has no place at all in Government service. The President's marching orders to me when I was appointed was clear and simple. We will relentlessly enforce that order, Aguirre noted.

Aguirre reiterated his warning on NBI officials and personnel about corruption in the bureau when he assumed office last year.

More than a year ago, when I assumed office, I address the men and women of the NBI to help me wage war against corruption. I exhorted them to live up to the NBI's ideals of nobility, bravery and integrity. All of these traits are worthless if corruption is present. Corruption destroys the spirit of genuine public service. We want to end corruption in the DOJ Family, we want to end corruption in the government. Those are the orders of President Duterte. We can only end corrupton if we end our ties with corrupt people, Aguirre stressed.

Likewise, the DOJ chief tasked the body to submit a final report with recommendations to him within 30 days from its receipt of the order.

Source: Philippines News Agency