Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday (Sept. 24) said that he is considering having arrested National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) legal section chief Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral disbarred.
Guevarra pointed this out after the NBI lawyer and his brother, Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer Christopher John Capiral, got arrested last Monday (Sept. 21) during an entrapment operation for asking a P200,000 bribe.
“We’ll consider this action after the inquest resolution,” said Guevarra.
The brothers were already presented for inquest at the DOJ last Wednesday (Sept. 23) for for robbery/extortion, graft, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and for violating Executive Order No. 608.
The brothers were were arrested by agents of the NBI’s Special Action Unit (NBI-SAU) based on the complaint of BI officer Jeffrey Ignacio who said the brothers asked for P200,000 so that he could be cleared of charges in connection with the “pastillas” scheme.
Ignacio and 18 other BI officers are already facing a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman that was filed by the NBI concerning the “pastillas” scheme.
The NBI said the BI officers and personnel involved in the scheme “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’.”