Sep 24, 2020 @ 13:26

DOJ eyes disbarment case vs NBI exec in “Pastillas” bribery mess

The Department of Justice is seriously considering of instituting a disbarment case against Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral, the head of the National Bureau of Investigation Legal Assistance Section recently nabbed for alleged bribery and extortion.

” We’ll consider this action after (the release of) inquest resolution,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. “We will discuss it with the NBI.”

Capiral 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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