MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday announced the arrest of three individuals in Recto Avenue here last Monday, February 1, 2021, for falsifying various government documents.
NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Eric B. Distor identified the subjects as Jay Huganas, Jojo Rocaberte, and Abbygail Rugay.
Distor said the case stemmed from a piece of information they received regarding individuals who are allegedly selling fake NBI clearances and other various government documents such as LTO ID/Student Permits, PSA Birth Certificate, and TIN ID along Recto Avenue, Manila near Interface Computer College Recto Campus.
He added that a surveillance operation was conducted to verify the said information.
The result of their surveillance established that anyone who passes by that area in Recto Avenue is being asked the question: “Magpapagawa ka bang ID/NBI Clearance/Birth Certificate?”
Some sellers even have signage of the documents that they cater to. Sellers charge P2,500 for rush transactions and P500 for non-rush transactions.
Yielding a positive result in the surveillance operation, an entrapment operation was then hatched on February 1, 2021.
Poseur customers went to the target area and thereat subject Jay Tinio approached them and asked if they will avail of ID, Birth Certificate, NBI Clearance, or LTO.
One poseur customer asked for the cost of NBI Clearance to which subject Jay answered that it costs P2,500.
Poseur customer haggled until subject Jay agreed to give it for P2,000. Then subject allegedly asked for a fifty percent (50%) down payment and afterward asked for the poseur customer’s personal details.
Subject Jay told the poseur-customer that he could get the NBI Clearance after two hours.
When the subject sent a message to the poseur customer that the NBI Clearance is ready for release, NBI-AOTCD operatives positioned themselves for the entrapment operation.
The said clearance was set to be delivered at a fast-food chain where a man identified as subject Jojo Delim arrived and delivered a small brown envelope to a girl identified as subject Abbygail Pascua.
Subject Abbygail approached subject Jay and handed over to him the brown envelope that he then gave to the poseur-customer.
Upon handing over the marked money, operatives announced their arrest.
Found and seized from the possession of subject Jay were the marked money, his cellphone, and fake NBI Clearance while taken from subjects Abbygail and Jojo was an eco-bag containing various documents with a dry seal stamp, signages of documents they were offering, and their cellphones.
Verification with the NBI Information and Communication Technology Services revealed that the NBI Clearance from the subjects was not duly issued by the NBI.
Charges for violation of Article 172 concerning Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (Falsification of Public Documents) were charged against the Subjects before the Office of the City Prosecutor, Manila. (KIARA LAUREN IBANEZ/AI/MTVN)