NBI boss, 11 others in hot water over ‘for the boys’ raps

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-A dozen agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Davao Region including the regional director are in trouble over P500,000.00 “for the boys” raid.

Lawyer Dante Gierran, NBI director ordered a full investigation among NBI Davao Region personnel including Atty.  Arnold Rosales, regional director NBI Davao Region, for allegedly mulcting P500,000 from a businessman after a raid they conducted Monday, August 7 at about 9:00 p.m.

Gierran in an interview  Saturday,  August 12  told Newsline.ph, “when I heard about the report, I immediately sent a team to Davao to investigate. If the investigation proves they did it, heads will roll!.”

A highly placed  source provided  the information and narrated:

  • August 7, at about 9 p.m. –  an all boys group occupied the VIP room No.1  of  Plaza Roman KTV bar along Cabaguio Avenue and asked for three ladies to serve them.
  • While inside the room, they asked the three  ladies  for an overnight “services”  but the ladies refused because it is not allowed. The group then talked to the floor manager and negotiated but were told it is prohibited. Still insisted, so the manager asked them to pay the penalty  for taking the ladies out.
  • When the floor manager received the “penalty” the  group declared, “NBI raid ito”.
  • Upon learning the commotion, Miguel  Efren  R. Aquino, the owner came and asked what was happening, an NBI personnel was heard saying, “Sir, i-apil na, mao nay tag-iya (Sir, include him he is the owner).  They were brought to the NBI regional office  along R. Magsaysay St. and were detained

On August  8:

  • 8:20 a.m. –  Atty. Glen Damasing the leader of the raiding team told Aquino  the only way for him to be freed is to connect with NBI director Gierran or Regional director Arnold  Rosales for him not to be charged in court, but he must pay P520,000 “for the boys”

Damasing also  informed Aquino that the case of human trafficking will be filed against two persons only (Aquino and the floor manager) for the case to be bailable.  This time, only the two  ladies became the complainants.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Damasing told Aquino they must meet the 10 a.m.  deadline  to give the money or face charges. Damasing also advised Aquino to find a link to facilitate the case  aside from paying P520,000 “for the Boys”.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Aquino received a call telling him to get the legal services of Atty.  Raleston Falcutila because he is a fraternal  brother of Rosales.
  • 10:30 a.m. –  Facultila met Aquino at the NBI office. While they were talking Rosales showed up and immediately leave. Falcutila then told Aquino “mao to si director Rosales, brod naku to (That was director Rosales, he is my brother) then, he told Aquino he will see Rosales at the ground floor.
  • 10:45 a.m. – Falcutila told Aquino that Rosales agreed to lower the “for the boys to P500,000”
  • 11:30 a.m. – Mrs. Charina Aquino informed Falcutila  the money is already available.
  • 2:30 p.m. –  Aquino and the floor manager were  brought to court and charged for Human Trafficking which requires P200,000 each  for bail bond for their temporary liberty.
  • 5:30 p.m. –  Aquino and the floor manager posted P400,000 bail. After posting the bond, Falcutila boarded the white Pajero of the Aquino’s along with Mrs. Aquino,  her relative and a driver.
  • While they were travelling from the court to the NBI  to sign the NBI logbook for the of Aquino and the floor manager, Mrs. Aquino handed the plastic bag containing P500,000 to Atty. Falcutila.
  • 6:00 p.m.-  while at the NBI office, Falcutila  told Aquino’s wife to proceed to Victoria Plaza to turn over the P500,000 to Rosales.

But when they reached the place they again received a message  from Rosales asking them to proceed to Holiday Spa, along Torres St. which is about 600 meters away.

  • 6:30 p.m. – Falcutila who was holding the plastic bag  along with Aquino’s relative met Rosales at the hallway of the motorcycle parking area of Holliday Spa.  Falcutila introduced Aquino’s relative to Rosales. Aquino’s  relative returned to the car while Falcutila and Rosales proceeded to coffee shop.
The picture shows NBI XI Director Atty. Arnold Rosales (In black shorts) followed by Aquino’s lawyer Atty. Ralph Falcutila, holding a plastic bag in a package containing the P500,00 walking to wards the coffee shop of the SPA. -Photo screengrabbed from a video footage.

Ten minutes later , Aquinos group saw Falcutila leaving the spa without the plastic bag as they saw Rosales walking towards the badminton court  holding the plastic bag with his left hand.

On August 9, Rosales celebrated his birthday at Korean Restaurant along Torres St.

On August 10, a team from the NBI Manila arrived in Davao. They gathered the affidavit of the Aquinos and other companions and the video of the incident.

It was only on Thursday, when the Aquinos learned that Efren was released by the NBI even without the judge signing his release order.

The picture shows NBI Director Rosales now holding the plastic bag after meeting Falcutila at the coffee shop with his left hand.

The same source said the Aquinos believed Damasing dropped Gierran’s name to put more pressure on Efren because they have been telling the later to call all his connections “astig man kaha ka, tawagi imong mga connection (You are a thug, call your connections).”

When asked to comment on the incident, Gierran quipped ” I will not take this sitting down.”

The source who is privy to the case revealed tha the Office of the President  has also ordered an investigation.

Calls to Atty. Rosales found futile since Friday as his mobile phone is “outside the coverage area” he also did not respond to text messages sent since Friday until Saturday morning.- Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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