Sep 22, 2020 @ 13:00

Lavin confirms arrest of NBI exec for extortion

National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin on Tuesday confirmed that a ranking bureau official was arrested during an entrapment operation for alleged bribery and extortion.

“Confirmed but details (are) not yet available. Still waiting (for) post-operation and investigation reports from agent on case,” Lavin, the concurrent NBI spokesman, said.

Reports identified the arrested official as Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral, head of the NBI Legal Assistance Section. He was nabbed by his bureau colleagues during entrapment last Monday.

The bribe allegedly was in exchange for the exclusion of Bureau 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.

No further details have been provided to reporters as of this writing.

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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