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By Nancy Carvajal

Online personality Francis Leo Marcos will remain in the National Bureau of Investigation’s custody pending verification of the warrants of arrest issued against him by various court for several cases, including human trafficking.

Marcos was arrested Tuesday (May 19) at his home in Quezon City by members of the NBI Cybercrime Division. An arrest warrant was issued for him by a Baguio court in 2018 for alleged violation of the optometry law.

NBI Cybercrime Division head Vic Lorenzo said Marcos was allegedly distributing eyeglasses without approval and permission from the Philippine Association of Optometry.

An optometrist told Politiko that the distribution of eyeglasses without prescription is prohibited because of the damage it could possibly cause to the patient.

Marcos told reporters that he was only trying to help by distributing eyeglasses without the necessary permits.
“Nagbibigay ako ng optimum eyecare program sa Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. Ako po wala akong ginawang hindi maganda puro pagtulong sa ating mamamayan,” he said.

NBI Spokesman Ferdinand Lavin said the NBI is still verifying reports of an arrest warrant for human trafficking in 2006 and another arrest warrant for violence against women and children in Gapan, Nueva Ecija issued against Marcos.
The NBI also is still in the process of in the process of verifying Marcos’ true name allegedly is “Norman Mangusin, Lavin added.

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