NBI director transferred to ARMM, files Libel versus newsline.phPosted on
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — National Bureau of Investigation XI director Arnold Rosales filed cyber libel against this reporter and a certain Amadea Aquino Thursday before the City Prosecution Office here.
A Davao-based newspaper Sunstar-Davao reported Auguts 18, “Rosales filed a libel case against Editha Caduaya, of Newsline Philippines, and a certain Amadea Aquino, before the Davao City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO), on Thursday, August 17.”
This developed as NBI Assistant Regional Director Exzel Hernandez told newsline.ph they received special order Thursday night from NBI Manila effecting the relief of Rosales.
Hernandez said the order stated “In the exigency of service” Rosales is transferred to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) effectively immediately.
Hernandez, son the the late NBI XI director Atty. Eufronio Hernandez is now the officer-in-charge of the NBI XI.
Rosales in media interviews strongly denied the allegations saying “he has not and would never accept cash from anyone that will place the bureau in jeopardy.”
He emphasized that the raid was legitimate and there was no money involved.
The NBI raided Plaza Roman KTV Bar on August 7 at around 9:00 p.m. They arrested the owner Efren Miguel Aquino and floor manager Alfreda Maghari, the two were brought to the NBI office along R. Magsaysay Avenue on same night.
Aquino in an affidavit alleged while he was at the NBI office, agent Atty. Glenn Damasing asked him to produce P500,000 “for the boys” to fix the case, but on August 8, 2017 they were charged for human trafficking in court.
Aquino claimed Damasing told him to find a way to connect to NBI director Dante Gierran or Rosales to fix the case.
Aquino’s affidavit added he was referred to Atty. Raleston Falcutila, who is reportedly a brother of Rosales.
Falcutila then acted as their lawyer and assured them they case will be fixed but still cases were filed in court and the P500,000 delivered.
The NBI charged Aquino and Alfreda Maghari before the City Prosecution Office for violating “Anti–Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003″.
On August 8, Aquino and Maghari posted P200,000 each for their temporary liberty.
In her affidavit, Aquino’s Charina wife stated she handed a plastic bag to Atty. Falcutila while inside their white pajero after they posted the bailbond.
The same affidavit of Mrs. Aquino stated Falcutila delivered the money to Rosales in Holiday Spa at about 6:30 in the evening of August 8.
Rosales denied all the accusations of the Aquino’s he never received any money but admitted receiving a pack of Korean Ginseng tea from Falcutila as a birthday gift.
The stories carried by newsline.ph was based on the affidavit executed by Aquino and his wife Charina and other persons who executed an affidavit.
The incident is being investigated by the internal affairs division of the NBI central office. The Presidential Management Staff under the Office of the President has referred the case to the Criminal investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Davao field office.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph