The National Bureau Investigation (NBI) might be forced to redo its investigation on the “pastillas” scheme even though it a case has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said on Tuesday (Sept. 22).
“If there is evidence that the previous investigation may have been compromised, a reinvestigation may be conducted,” he pointed out.
Perete reminded Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra himself “directed the NBI to investigate this matter.”
“The investigation led to the filing of complaints against certain BI (Bureau of Immigration) officers and employees before the Ombudsman,” he said.
The NBI filed graft complaints before the Ombudsman last Sept. 1 against 19 BI officers and personnel for their involvement in the “pastillas” scheme.
The NBI said the BI officers and personnel involved “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’.”
It was called “pastillas” because the money have been wrapped in paper to make it look like the popular Filipino candy treat.
However, NBI legal assistance section chief Joshua Paul Capiral was arrested by the NBI during an entrapment operation on Monday (Sept. 21) after being caught accepting bribes from persons linked in the “pastillas” scheme.
Capiral allegedly accepts P100,000 to clear a suspect from the rap sheet or tone down the charges against him or her.