• NBI officials awaiting direction from chief on Bautista SALN probe

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    DESPITE a directive by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to investigate the alleged P1 billion ill-gotten wealth of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is in a quandary as to which office in the bureau will handle the case.

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    In the absence of NBI Director Dante Gierran, division chiefs of the bureau on Monday said they have not received any endorsement from the office of the director regarding Department Order 517 issued by Aguirre to NBI to investigate the allegations of Baustista’s estranged wife Patricia.

    NBI Anti-Fraud Division head Erwin Garcia said he was also waiting for the directive of Gierran, the same answer of Anti-Graft and Corruption Division deputy head Nathaniel Ramos.

    “We have yet to receive any instruction from the Office of the Director,” NBI Anti-Fraud Division head Erwin Garcia told The Manila Times.

    “We still don’t know if our office will handle the case,” said Anti-Graft and Corruption Division deputy head Nathaniel Ramos in a separate interview.

    Gierran could not be reached for comment as he was called to Malacanang.

    Aguirre instructed the NBI to investigate and build a case based on the alleged misdeclaration of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of the Commission on Elections chairman.

    Bautista’s wife went to the NBI on August 1 to submit her sworn affidavits detailing the multimillion-peso bank accounts of the poll body chief.

    Before going to the NBI,  Mrs. Bautista went to Malacanang on July 26 where she narrated to no less than President Rodrigo Duterte her allegations.

    The President summoned Gierran to the Palace that day and had him listen to Mrs. Bautista.

    On Sunday, Aug. 6, Mrs. Bautista held a press conference.

     

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