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By Nancy Carvajal

The National Bureau of Investigation is set to conduct its own inquiry who in the Office of the Ombudsman is alleged to be the contact of suspects in the Pastillas scheme.

NBI – Special Action Unit head lawyer Emeterio Dongallo said the order to investigate the Ombudsman’s office had the blessings of OMB Martires.

“ The NBI had coordinated with the office of the OMB and requested CCTV footage after the filing of cases against Pastillas suspects, “ Dongallo said.

He said they will look into allegations that the Office of the Ombudsman has been compromised based on the statement of a whistleblower Dale Ignacio, a member of the Pastillas gang.

He added that the investigation will also clear the innocents that could have been tainted due to allegations made implicating the agency.

It can be recalled that Ignacio in the Senate hearing presided by Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday stated that former Bureau of Immigration official Red Marinas is the mastermind of the Pastillas scheme. The whistleblower also said that Marinas in their various meetings told them not to worry about the case filed by the NBI, due to a contact with the Office of the OMB.

“ We are now trying to establish the veracity of the information and to get their identities or identity.” Dongallo said.

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