Sep 24, 2020 @ 17:16

NBI to audit cases Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral previously handled

The National Bureau of Investigation will look into the other cases which was handled by Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral who was arrested last Monday on accusations linking him to alleged bribery and extortion.

This as NBI Special Action Unit (SAU) chief Emerito Dongallo Jr. disclosed that he ordered an audit on all cases that passed through Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral as ordered by Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor.

Capiral, head of the NBI Legal Assistance Section, was arrested by his colleagues in an entrapment operation last Monday.

On Wednesday, Capiral along with his brother, Immigration Officer Christopher John Capiral, have been brought for inquest at the DOJ after they were accused of accepting bribes from those involved in the so-called “Pastillas” scheme at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

They were charged with robbery/extortion punishable under Article 294 of the Revised Penal Code, and for violations of Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), Executive Order 608 (Establishing a National Security Clearance System for Government Personnel with Access to Classified Matters and for other purposes), and RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

The NBI accused Capiral of accepting bribes in exchange for the exclusion of Immigration officials and personnel from charges in connection with the so-called “Pastillas Scheme.”

Capiral would allegedly ask for P100,000 to exonerate a respondent or tone down the charges. He was also accused of name-dropping NBI officials during his nefarious activities.

He was also accused of toning down cases of high profile individuals like self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in exchange for undisclosed amount.

Under the “Pastillas” scheme, a Chinese visitor can seemlessly enter the country for paying bribes to Immigration officials and personnel

Under the pastillas racket, a Chinese citizen pays a P10,000 “service fee” – P2,000 of which will allegedly be shared among officials of the BI’s Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU), duty Immigration supervisor, and terminal heads.

The remaining P8,000 will then be given to tour operators and syndicates who will transport the Chinese from the airport to Pogo facilities.

It was also earlier disclosed during past congressional hearings hearing that blacklisted Chinese fugitives would pay as much as P200,000 to “freely” enter the country.

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