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National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) lawyer legal section chief Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral had tried clearing most of the 19 Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers named as respondents in the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) concerning the “pastillas” scheme, NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Wednesday (Sept. 23).

“I think he was recommending apat lang out of 19 who were charged,” Lavin said.

Joshua and his brother, Bureau of Immigration (BI) officer Christopher John Capiral, were arrested last Monday night (Sept. 21) by the NBI for allegedly asking P200,000 from one of the 19 charged, BI officer Jeffrey Ignacio.

Lavin said the operation against the brothers was conducted based on the complaint of Ignacio who revealed that the brothers have asked P100,000 so that that those being investigated in the case be cleared.

“Doon nalaman na yung duda all along na bakit ito natatagalan ng review, pabalik-balik yung papeles, di-nowngrade yung charges sa iba, inexclude yung iba doon nabuo,” he said.

Lavin lamented that what the NBI lawyer did was a “betrayal”.

“You’re undermining the efforts of the agents,” he stressed.

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