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DOJ to formalize Duterte’s order to NBI to take over probe of Mayor Navarro’s murder

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DOJ to formalize Duterte’s order to NBI to take over probe of Mayor Navarro’s murder
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will issue a directive to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) formalizing the order of President Duterte for the bureau to take over the probe of the murder of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro.

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete told reporters that the verbal directive of Duterte to the NBI should suffice, as he is the head of the government’s Executive branch. 

“Given the circumstances surrounding the killing of Clarin Mayor Navarro, the President’s directive for the NBI to take over the investigation of the incident should quell any doubts regarding this government’s commitment to solve the case and bring to account those responsible,” Perete said.

The DOJ, he added, will still issue a formal order to the NBI “purely for record-keeping purposes.”

On Monday (October 28), Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to let the NBI conduct the investigation, as he believes the police may have had something to do with the slaying of Navarro.

“PNP, anong ginawa ng PNP? Baka sila ang pumatay, sila ‘yung malapit,” Duterte told reporters, referring to the circumstances surrounding the ambush slaying of Navarro in Cebu City last October 25.  Navarro was then inside a police vehicle in the middle of a police convoy when he was shot to death by several armed men in a “lightning attack”.

He added: “Mas gusto ko ang NBI na lang para walang…kasi nung nangyari ‘yan, may kasamang pulis eh. To make it really fair. I’d like the police to terminate their investigation and hand it to the NBI, whatever documents and or proof or evidence that they have in their hands.” 

Police investigators earlier said they would look into politics, business and Navarro’s reported link to the drug trade as possible motive behind his murder. Navarro had received several death threats before the incident.

A day before his ambush slaying, Navarro was arrested for mauling a massage therapist.

PCSO officials placed under NBI, PACC probes

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PCSO officials placed under NBI, PACC probes

Manila, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been directed to identify erring officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in conjunction with the lifestyle checks to be conducted by the Presidential Anti-Crime and Corruption Commission (PACC).

According to reports of the Philippine Star and Philippine Daily Inquirer, to be covered by the probe are current and former officials of PCSO, including former general manager Alexander Balutan, current chairman Anselmo Pinili, and directors Marlon Balite, Sandra Cam and Ramon Ike Señeres. 

The PACC lifestyle check and NBI probe will not cover newly appointed general manager Royina Garma, who earlier discussed the corruption issues at PCSO with President Duterte, prompting the Chief Executive to suspend all gaming operations of the agency last Friday. On Tuesday, however, Malacanang said lotto operations will continue, as a preliminary probe showed lotto is not prone to corruption.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace also welcomes the congressional inquiries that will be launched by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Garma said foregone revenues from the suspended lotto operations alone already amounted to P250 million. Malacañang, however, gave the go signal to operate once again Lotto 6/42; Mega Lotto 6/45; Super Lotto 6/49; Grand Lotto 6/55; Ultra Lotto 6/ 58; 6-Digit Game; 4-Digit Game; Suertres and EZ2. Still suspended are the small town lotteries, Keno and Peryahan ng Bayan (PNB).

Last year, the PCSO earned P63.56 billion from its gaming operations, with P18.69 billion, or 30 percent, used to fund charity programs, including medical assistance to indigents. Its other revenues go to the national and local governments, as well as certain state agencies.

Sources:  www.philstar.comwww.inquirer.net

Photo Credit: PSCO

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