Sep 23, 2020 @ 9:40

Formal complaints vs NBI exec in bribery spree filed before DOJ

The National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday filed slew of complaints against a ranking NBI official and his brother before the Department of Justice for allegedly accepting bribes from those involved in the so-called “Pastillas” scheme in the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Charged during inquest were Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral, head of the NBI Legal Assistance Section, and his sibling Christopher John Capiral from BI.

They were complained of committing 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).

Capiral was nabbed by his colleagues at the NBI headquarters in Manila during an entrapment operation last Monday for alleged bribery and extortion.

He was accused 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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