Oliver Bugarin 11 0 0 5 min to read

‘Fake’ BI appointment release is the subject of a palace investigation.

On Tuesday, Malacanang directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the dissemination of a “fake” document purporting to announce the appointment of a new commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

The Presidential Management Staff, Office of the Executive Secretary, or Office of the President, according to the Palace, have not issued any documents for the aforementioned job.

In a news briefing at the Palace, press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles stated, “Nag-utos [ang Palasyo] na imbestigasyon sa NBI and PNP through their respective secretaries, [Justice] Secretary [Jesus Crispin] Remulla and [Interior Secretary] Benhur Abalos.

While the PNP is an organization under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the NBI is a line agency of the Department of Justice.

Cruz-Angeles warned that anyone found to have altered the real document by forging the president’s stamp, signature, or great seal might face reclusion temporarily, which carries a sentence of 12 to 20 years in prison.

According to her, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. requested the investigation out of concern that the forging of his signature may fuel unrest and result in other crimes.

“I don’t know what the major paggamitan of the class documents is, unfortunately. It might lead to more crimes in addition to misunderstanding. In light of this, it was decided to order an investigation. (We are also unsure of the potential applications for these materials.) In addition to bewilderment, it may also result in other crimes. He then ordered an investigation in light of this),” she stated.

According to Cruz-Angeles, it is too soon to blame any parties while the matter is still under investigation.

“There is no reason to assume at this time. Titignan natin yung magiging resulta, at least in the preliminary sense according to the assessment. There isn’t a word in English that says there is a tayong pinupunterya n’ tao. Tignan natin yung ebidensya (At this time, we are not making any assumptions. Let’s first look at the investigation’s preliminary findings. We cannot claim to have a target in mind. Let’s examine the proof),” she continued.

The President, according to her, has not set a deadline for disclosing the investigation’s findings.

“Special position”

She added that the media outlets that carried the story are in a “unique position” to provide details regarding the origin of the fictitious document.

“We welcome any information on the prosecution of this case if the evidence supports it,” the spokeswoman added, elaborating on the fact that the Palace is not attempting to “frighten” journalists but rather provide them with a chance to help in the inquiry.

She added that if journalists or media organizations “knowingly” published a counterfeit document, they would also be held accountable.

“To assess the document’s validity, its paggamit, the nature of its aims, and other factors are necessary for determining culpability at that point, among others, kailangan muna natin ma-determination. Unlikely po unless there is a conspiracy or the person knows that the document they are referring to is a fake or forged one. (To have liability in this situation, we must first establish the legitimacy of the document, its purpose, the person who created it, and other factors.) Unless there is a conspiracy or they are aware that the document they are employing is fake or fraudulent, she continued.


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