A day after the arrest of six “confidential agents” of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered an investigation into the alleged tension in the early hours of election day in Bacoor City, Cavite on Monday.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she made verbal instructions to NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas to investigate the matter.
“In particular, you are directed to verify or confirm the actual involvement, including the basis and extent thereof, of NBI agents that resulted in the arrest of a number of them; determine the proper sanctions, if any, that may be imposed against those who may be found accountable for the incident,” she said in a memorandum issued.
“I immediately gave verbal instructions yesterday [Monday] to . . . Rojas to probe that incident,” de Lima said.
Based on their narration and supporting documentary proofs, de Lima said that the NBI team was actually engaged in a legitimate operation.
The justice chief made the statement after she met with the leader of the arrested team and the chief of the NBI Cavite district office.
However, de Lima clarified that some members of the team were confidential agents, putting the situation “under a cloud of doubt.”
“As you know, we no longer recognize confidential agents. I had their authorities revoked or cancelled already,” de Lima explained.
Reports at the PNP operations center in Camp Crame said the six NBI agents were arrested after police responded to a call reporting the presence of a group of heavily armed men in Barangay Panapaan 7 in Bacoor City.
The reports said the armed men sporting Galil, M-16 and other high-powered firearms were seen onboard several vehicles along the Trece Martirez Street, Justin-ville Subdivision, near the mansion owned by Sen. Ramong “Bong” Revilla Jr.
A tense confrontation ensued between the responding policemen from Bacoor and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RSPB) and the armed men who claimed that they were in the area because of a request by Senator Revilla from the NBI, the reports said.
The bikers, some wearing vest with “Napolcom” and “IAS” markings, were reportedly in an ambush position, which prompted RPSB personnel to take tactical positions and called for reinforcement, the reports said.