Ex-NBI chief saw kidnap victim, says DOJ


Magtanggol Gatdula, then National Bureau of Investigation director, checked on undocumented alien Noriyo Ohara a few hours after she was abducted in Pangasinan by unauthorized NBI agents on Oct. 29, 2010, according to a report of a Department of Justice fact-finding panel headed by Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

The report said the kidnapping was hatched right inside the NBI main office in Manila and that Gatdula had participated in the planning and cover-up.

President Benigno Aquino III recently dismissed Gatdula for failing to turn over Ohara, a Japanese, to the Bureau of Immigration (BI). He said he had lost trust in Gatdula.

The Baraan panel said NBI officials and agents held Ohara without charge and collected P6 million out of the P15 million they had demanded from the Marzan family, who were threatened with criminal charges for harboring an illegal alien. The haggling for the ransom took place in the NBI office.

Before Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo’s exposé on December 3 last year, Ohara was kept in various NBI offices and safe houses, and accompanied by Chona Esplana. In one of her appearances before the panel, Esplana claimed to be a confidential agent of the NBI but was later found to be lying.

Gatdula said he heard about the Ohara case on November 15 from NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda, who was asked by Tulfo about Ohara’s plight.

However, Ohara testified before the panel that Gatdula had gone to the office of special investigator Mario Garcia, chief of the NBI-Security Management Division (SMD), where she was brought by NBI agents who forcibly took her from the house of the Marzan family at around 8 a.m. on October 29.

Office picture

A picture of Gatdula hanging on the wall of Garcia’s office helped Ohara identify the NBI chief. “Director Gatdula came in the room and looked at me. He talked to Garcia for a short time then he left. I recognized him because he has a picture in Garcia’s office,” Ohara was quoted as saying in the report.

The Marzan patriarch, Romulo, who was also brought to the SMD by the NBI agents, said Gatdula dropped by on the afternoon of October 29. He said Esplana, who was with the team that participated in the Bugallon operation, had identified Gatdula for him.

“When the man left, Chona told him (Romulo) that the man was no less than the NBI director himself, who had to go down from his office as Ohara’s case was a very important one,” the report said.

Romulo’s daughters—Jacqueline and Glenda—also identified Gatdula through the office picture.

Garcia, who led the operation to “rescue” Ohara, confirmed that Gatdula had gone to the SMD between 5 and 6 p.m. to look at Ohara. “OK, help her with what she needs,” Garcia quoted Gatdula as saying.

Gatdula admitted to the panel that he went to the SMD office as part of his “routine inspection” but he said he did not remember meeting or even noticing Ohara.

The panel noted that Garcia did not have any authority to order an operation. He said he formed the NBI team to “rescue” Ohara after someone brought him a letter from her, written in Nihongo, asking for help because she was allegedly being abused by the Marzans.

The letter turned out to be Ohara’s request for help about her properties. Moreover, Ohara and the panel’s star witness, Garcia’s executive officer Jose Odelon Cabillan, claimed that she was made to write it much later as part of the cover-up.

Through Cabillan, who led the operation in Bugallon, the panel was able to learn about Virgelito Gutierrez, alias Labsky, a lackey of Gatdula back in the director’s days as a Quezon City policeman.

Cabillan said that in the first week of October, Gutierrez relayed to him that an informant, Jun Perez, also known as Rolando, had told him that a rich Japanese woman—Ohara—was living with the Marzans in Pangasinan and might be a target of kidnappers.

“The informant allegedly revealed that if the NBI would be able to get the Japanese woman, the Marzans would cough up money to settle with them. Labsky told him that the information was also relayed to Garcia and Gatdula,” the report said.

On their way back to Manila, Cabillan said that he overheard Gutierrez speaking to Gatdula and that the NBI director “appeared to be monitoring [our] return.”

Cabillan also confirmed that Gatdula had gone to the SMD office on the same day to check on Ohara and that the director even said, “Document her.”

Motive, inheritance

The Baraan panel was able to establish a motive behind the abduction. Its report quoted Chief Consul Keiki Endo of the Japanese Embassy as saying that Ohara’s father had left her a huge inheritance and that the creditors of her father and the Japanese government, wanting to collect inheritance tax, were after her, thus explaining her flight to the Philippines.

Reports that Ohara’s father was killed by the criminal syndicate Yakuza appears to be not true, according to the report.

Ohara arrived in Manila in June 2009 and did not pass through immigration authorities. She bought a house in Las Piñas City which was registered in the name of her friend, Romulo’s sister Rosemarie. Ohara, who had assumed the identity of Marefe Laganas, went to live with the Marzans in Bugallon early last year.

Portions of the agreed ransom money were brought by the Marzans to the NBI in three batches—P1 million, P4 million and another P1 million—which were received by Cabillan and Esplana.

The Marzans claimed the money came from their own pockets. Although Ohara denied that the ransom money came from her, the panel noted that Jacqueline first knew about the abduction from Rosemarie, who is working in Japan. Rosemarie relayed the information about the abduction just an hour after it took place.

The panel also found that Garcia had given his personal bank account number to Ohara to be sent to her contact, probably Rosemarie.

Cabillan said that after the second installment (P4 million) of the ransom was delivered, he heard Garcia saying that he would take care of his “boss”—referring to assistant director Medardo de Lemos.

Cabillan also recounted how on December 8, Gatdula called him to the NBI library where he was meeting several people—Gatdula’s chief of staff Anthony Endrendal, spokesperson Boy Zamora, public information chief Alex Carbonel, Elizaldo Beltran of internal affairs, Garcia and Gutierrez.

During the meeting, Cabillan said Gatdula told him: “Someone has to sacrifice. Someone has to admit guilt. We must do damage control so that this will stop,” Gatdula said, to which Garcia replied, “OK Sir, I will take full responsibility.”

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  • joeldcndcn


    • READMENOW2011

      So it follows, that NBI Gatdula has a networks of kidnappers within the organization. Akala niya hindi siya matanggal dahil manok siya ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Iyon kasi ang gusto ng Iglesia, kung hindi magbigay sa kanila ang DOJ secretary, they go for the NBI. Let’s watch baka Iglesia ni Cristo pa rin ang ipalit.

      • tarikan

        Gawin na lang kaya ang Iglesia ni Cristo isang department ng gobyerno like: Dept. of Recruitment & Employment.

    • Loggnat

      They should all go to jail, pay 6 million back  to the victim, investigated for other illegal actions including not returning library book and barred from holding any government position including trash collector or dog catcher. For every illegal actions charged and proven in court, they should be fined 1/3 of their net worth. Leave their family barely enough to live poorly. Maybe they can get rich again legally next time, by earning it honestly.

      • batangpaslit

        i wish the judge who would handle their cases read your suggestion. it is wisdom

  • marimalo

    ang lulupit ng mga taong ito.kidnap for ransom parehong pareho ito, lahat ng involved dito kailangan sa kulungan dahil walang piyansya rito sa kasong ito, di ba bayan?

  • asarin

    HANGGANG NGAYON AT MAGPAKAILANMAN, hindi pa rin tayong mga pilipino nagiging mabuting tao sa mata ng ibang bansa at sa mata ng DYOS. kailan kaya tayo magbabago ng tuluytuloyan?

  • pulis

    Dapat firing squad ang parusa sa kanila para mabawasan ang mga kampon ni Lacson….Whaaaa!

    • estongbicol

      isama dapat si tp412.

  • MangDolphy

    Nakakapanghilakbot naman ito. Inaasahan ng sambayanang Pilipino na ang NBI (Honesty, Bravery, Integrity) ay tigapagtanggol ng mga naaapi. Tapos isang malaking KFR syndicate pala. Sa tingin ko lang, di lang ito ang unang ginawa ng grupong ito. Baka marami na’ng nabiktima ito. Pati siguro record ni Gatdula noong hepe pa sya ng Quezon City Police dapat siguro halungkatin din. Baka noon pa man ginagawa na ito at di lang nabubuking. Magaling lang si Mon.

  • tp412

    ano na ba ang nagawa mo noynoy ??? mahiya ka nga noynoy,ang kapal ng muka mo..inaabuso mo na ang lahat sa bansa namin..binababoy mo ang pagka tao ng lahat ng kumalaban sa pambababoy mo sa bansa namin.. tinatago mo ang perang nang gagaling sa PGCOR,PCSO,LOTTO at GOCC, na nag gegenerate ng 5billion a week.MINIMUM !!!  at bawal kami malaman kung saan mo dinadala or nasaan na ?? iniipit mo ang lahat ng pera, maski na yung nasasalanta ng bagyo, pinabayaan mo silang mamatay, Pero ang manga MILF(aka abus sayaff) NPA, binibigyan mo ng BILYON !!! sa dami ng perang ipinamumudmud mo sa kanila, na pati ang ganid at sakim na si JOMA sison, na enganyo ng umuwi/…pinag aaway away mo ang tao, dahil gusto mong magka gulo,para makapag declare ka ng  sarili mong Revolutionary government,at alipinin ang lahing pilipno,at ikaw ang HARI…..tapos gusto mo ikaw ang  masusunod kung sino ang dapat makulong at makasuhan, pinababayaan mo magnkaw si DINKY SOLIMAN ng 35 billion, wala kang ginawa kay Rico Puno kahit na may namatay dahil sa kapabayaan nya..pero gusto mong ipakulong ang taong wala ka naman ebidensha..kaya kayo at ang manga lopez ang bumababoy sa pag katao nila..pareho ng ginawa nyo kjay MARCOS, binabboy nyo ang pagkatao..pero ngayon, labas na labas nma lahat ng pinakikinabangan sa bansa natin ay gawa ni Maecos, mula ng pumasok kayo, nagiba  na ang bansa natini.. ang kabataan naging IGNORANTE !! tignanmo ang lahat ng OFW..lahat kami ,educated under Marcos, WINASAK NYONG MANGA OLIGARCH ANG BANSA NAMIN, P[INAG HATI HATIAN NYO ANG PERA NG BANSA..AT PANAHON NA PARA BAWIIN NAMIN AT IPAKULONG KAYONG LAHAT..

    • etnarolfawa

      tp412,tigil na baka ikaw ang isunod……sigi ka…..

    • estongbicol

      ikaw, may ebidensya sa mga pinagsasabi mo? Si Marcos? sa kanya nag-umpisang masira ang buhay namin. siya ang nagturo sa militar na mangurakot sa pamamagitan ng pagkunsinte sa kanila. at siya ang idolo mo kaya kurakot ka rin.

      • Guest

        I concur with you estong… the culture of impunity and unprofessionalism started with the Marcos years…  that is one bad legacy that hasnt been discussed at length before… But it is very true,  true then and it is still true to this day…hence the state of our Law Enforcement everywhere – mostly PMAers – in part and in whole  –  is wrapped in a culture of corruption… Most Marcos loyalists do not see this though… But look at the after-effects,  decades since the Dictator has gone.   So sad….

      • tarikan

        Tell it to Bongbong and you’ll see stars.

    • tarikan

      Akala ko itong sulat mo ay naka address kay Gloria and Mike Arroyo. Nasa VMMC na sila lumipat nung pang December.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WK75Y5KDBWCIM6VURMT5S3J5NU Fascina

    Its more fun in the Philippines and exciting too.  Excitement guaranteed.

    If the Abu Sayyaf and the Kidnap for Ransom (KFR) gangs  don’t get you don’t worry the governments official and premier investigating body the NBI will oblige and kidnap you.     Free “official escorts” and you will be billeted in  their main office and other “official safehouses” (for variety and so you won’t get bored)

    So what are you waiting for?   Come over and enjoy  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • DarkJustice

    Punye*&ng mga NBI yan! Wala ka na ngang tiwala sa mga pulis,dagdagan pa ng mga NBI! Dapat lahat ng tao sa Pinas may baril! Ibaba ang presyo ng baril o kaya pwedeng magloan ang mga pangkaraniwang empleyado para pare-pareho may mga baril! Abusado kasi yang mga yan,dahil alam nilang sila lang may baril!

  • anak_mahirap50

    Wala na tayong maasahan sa mga alagad ng batas. Ang tawag dapat sa kanila ay alagad ng pun_ye_ta! Dapat ay re-orientation sa mga ito: 1. Simple living lang dapat sila, huwag magbuhay milyonaryo, walang kabit; walang macho macho, they should live not over sa kita nila; 2) taasan ang sueldo nila, para walang intention mangurap; 3) mabigat na parusa pag nagkasala; kunin ang ang lahat ng ari arian pag walang means para makabili nito; mas matagal sa kulungan kaysa sa pangkaraniwang tao, dahil dapat sila ang tagapanggol ng tao at hindi mangikil, magsalvage, etc.
    Hay, nanaginip na naman ako@!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AS7ZS3RG454EKLDPVX3UR3MLGE rick

    ayan ang maganda kay Pnoy, tlagang lahat ay pantay pantay at he has balls, wlang igle iglesia sa kanya.kaya kayong mga nasa gobyerno magsilbi ng tama at wag mangurakot dahil ang presidente natin ay parehas at di natatakot kaninuman basta nagkasala kayo sa bayan.

    • batangpaslit

      tumpak. bakit, Dios ba ang Iglesia? kung tunay silang Iglesia ng Dios, dapat, makatarungan ang mga gawain ng kanilang mga manampalataya.

    • the_waray

      di naman member ng KKK si Gatdula eh.

    • JJF724

      very good point of view …

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Who can we trust if even the premier national investigative agency can’t be trusted acting more like a fox guarding the chicken coop…… What a shame, I don’t think a simple leadership change will improve the sorry state of this agency. Perhaps a thorough revamp all the way down the janitor level should be instituted to regain the integrity they once enjoyed.

    • batangpaslit

      agree. radical revamp talaga

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O343AT2PRTOYL5SRGBVQA3MO7U james

    ohh, remember what happen to Webb? 

  • adoremus

    Kung totoong Iglesia itong si Gatdula, ibig sabihin pareho silang Iglesia ni Cuevas na defender ni Corona? Sayang lang ang pagtatakip mo Gatdula kay Lacson noong wanted pa siya, akala ko pa naman malakas ang kapit mo sa itaas, may malakas pa pala sa iyo, yung papalit sa upuan mo. Wel, well, well, what goes up must come down. Meron pa namang susunod na career sa mga tulad mo, mag-whistle blower, marami kang mapupulot kay Lacson. Payback time!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDE655TBFTXUQJBXBW4DO76EWI Dominic

    Hay naku Iglesia ni Cristo pala nag lagay kay Gatdula na isang Iglesia din akala ko ba bawal sa kanila yun may alam kaya ang INC dito aba dapat matanggal cya sa kapatiran nila ..

  • leodegardompruna

    It seems that the DoJ Secretary is tolerating hearsay to establish her case against relieved NBI Director. She wants to be in the limelight all the time because of next years election event. But, I don’t think she will make it. God bless the Philippines.

    • batangpaslit

      kung di tutuo ang paratang kay Gatdual, ‘di, kasuhan nia ang Dept of Justice.


    Ang lupit talaga, NBI  is really a BIG joke in the Philippines.    PURO BANDIDO.!!!!!

  • TagaMlang

    It is very sad that our enforcement institutions (PNP, NBI and Military), have gone to this level.  How do we solve this problem?  I have some suggestions:

    1.  Clean up the institutions.  The government should give early retirement to those who have pending administrative & criminal cases, or with complaints filed by the public.  Proven or otherwise, the mere fact that there are questions about their personalities, is enough ground for early retirement.
    2.  Increase the Salaries & Wages.  A good pay will invite good people into the institutions, and will discourage graft and corruption because they will protect their good paying jobs.
    3.  Transparency.  Make the activities of the institutions transparent to the public (except confidential police  matters and military engagements).  Transparency is a deterrent to graft and corruption.
    4.  Strict disciplinary action.  Apply the rules and regulations of the institutions equally without any favor.  Let the axe fall to where it should.

  • les21reago

    As a taxpayer , I supposed it is FAIR enough to SACKING Gatdula…He is the head of the Agency and this agency REFLECTS, SAY a lot of JUSTICE among us the peoples…But how can we, WHAT we can expect with this agency who is manned with no CONTROL among peers and then mulcted money to alleged violators?Gatdula should and must move on…He should go on RETREAT and seek DEVINE guidance…For the more he is saving himself granting media interviews, the more he is digging a FOUL smell of himself?

  • Malitbog1975

    Good for you Gatdula, you just did not make any action when Ramon Tulfo expose this on his column. Sinisaraan na ang departamento mo hindi ka pa umaksyon. Yon pala ikaw ang kasangkut. SAME ON YOU! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SS36UV5JGDGV2KAKNQKZJSASCA Hernando

    Nakakahiya kayo mga taga NBI … Dapat dismantle na present organisasyon nyo .. Kung baga sa basketball , complete substitution , otherwise , wala na maniniwala sa inyo .. 

  • okabato

    General Gatdula’s career as a policeman was above board. This guy deserves the benefit of a doubt  if for that only. He’s got no previous record of any wrongdoing it is possible that someone interested in his position could be behind all this. A full no holds barred investigation is in order.

  • mikerocky

    Its good that Gatdula got busted for his misdeeds this early, otherwise, he would definitely tarnish the name of the NBI even further, to the detriment of the public he is supposed to be serving.

    What’s wrong with our lawyer-publc servants? Has it became a rule that they should use their knowledge to amass wealth for their families first and reneged on their oath of office?

    God help our young generation.

    • JJF724

      I agree with you mikerocky … and ang ganda mo naman :-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    NBI AT PNP,  PARE PAREHONG KOTONGERO,  SAAN NA TAYO PUPUNTANG MGA PILIPINO !  KANINO NA TAYO HIHINGI NG TULONG?  I want to go back to my previous suggestion,  the creation of another govt agency to be under the office of the President of the Philippines. This agency shall be known as ” BUREAU  OF ENTRAPMENT OPERATION “. This new agency will receive complaints from common citizens being victimized by top ranking officers and officials of various government agencies including the PNP, NBI, Ombudsman, AFP etc. Then, entrapment operation shall be conducted to trap and arrest the extortionists. And file charges in court . . .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXU2XGAHFDYLAQULE3TMTR6SWU Brando

    Dinala niya ang kanyang pangit na gawaiin sa PNP sa NBI. Maraming maaayos magtrabaho bilang pulis. Pero marami sa kanilang pinuno ang tulad ni Gatdula. Marami akong kakilalang mga sundalo at pulis. Ang mga opisyales na pulis magagara at bago ang mga sasakyan nila. Samantala ang mga sundalong opisyales, second hand ang mga kotse, “Pilipinas 2000″ pa ang mga plake. Ang iba nga e owner type jeep. At mas marami sa kanila nagjijip.

  • mfdo

    Trust me .. Gatdula will next be a senator .. so he can go on to continue his acts .. oh, if the head is spoilt, need I say how the bottom of NBI is ???

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      If Gatdula is indeed a member of INC, he won’t be allowed by his church to run for public office.  The late NBI Director Wycoco was also a member and wanted to run but was not allowed by the church.

  • mfdo

    okabato: Wake up .. wake up .. just because he didn’t get caught means he is to be free ? No wonder the country is going to rots, because of people like you who condone such ‘people with exemplary record’ .. 

  • Barak_O

    sayang pera na sana nabulilyaso pa

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    The story appears to be a well written script.  Assuming that Gatdula was involved in the said kidnap-extortion case, but why did he order “no take policy” meaning he did not received tongs from gambling lords?  If he really wanted to make money, the weekly or monthly payola from syndicates were a lot more than this kidnapping case.

  • rein1188

    kaya hindi maalis alis o mabawasan man lang ang krimen s pinas dahil sa mga taong katulad nila..kung cno p naman ang dapat sanang takbuhan at hingan ng tulong ng mga kawawang nilalang ay sya pang unang nagsasamantala…my God! ano n ba ang nangyayari s bayan natin?law enforcers: pulis, NBI,justices..tsk tsk…nakakatakot ng tumira s pinas…

  • dosndonts70

    Tourists shunned away from Philippines, because our government officers has become bold to the extent of extorting/kidnapping even from foreign tourists and this is something not new.

    Foreigners has lost their trust on our men in uniformed who are supposed to be law protector.
    A foreign offical once said Philippines is so rich in natural resources and has so much potential but she needs to remove/replace many of her government officers, cos its only in Philippines where you can find too many rotten apples in the barrel whereby it supposed to be only few rotten apples in the barrel.

  • ovalboy

    okay, nasibak si gatdula, pero ang kanyang mentor nandyan pa rin sa senado at namamayagpag ang career. bakit? dahil ba isang magaling na attack dog ni pnoy laban kay gloria si lacson? so parang may mali pa rin? dapat kasi noon pa ay hindi na nilagay sa pwesto itong si gatdula dahil aral ito sa mga biblia ni lacson. dapat ay nakakulong din si lacson…noon pa. bakeeet?
    paalala ko lang sa mamamayan ng Pilipinas ang kaso ni lacson tungkol sa kuratong case. Pera pera din. Kesehodang maraming mamatay o ma torture o ma trauma.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Pnoy has just officially declared war on INC with the recent sacking of Gatdula.  Pnoy should beware of INC whose behind the scene maneuver is well known.  Sources say the current Executive Edwardo Manalo is different from his late father Erdy Manalo.  The elder Manalo was more patient and calmer.  This new INC leader was reported to be impulsive when he was younger.  In fact, he allowed his members to participate in that violent Edsa Tres.  Lately, his decisions were inconsistent and far different from his father.  If his father was still around, INC would have supported Erap who might have even defeated Pnoy.  The unsuccessful impeachment on GMA was due to INC’s influence on the Congress. 

  • http://twitter.com/evm4 Eduardo Regala

    I don’t think that the dismissal of Magtanggol Gatdula from his NBI post is a political Vendetta of PNoy against the cult of Iglesia Ni Cristo. It is obvious that INC is behind Gloria Arroyo and her cohorts since INC lawyers are defending Arroyo, Merceditas Gutierrez and Renato Corona. The case filed against Gatdula was brought by Gatdula to himself alone. Kidnapping and extortion are both serious matters and cannot be simply made up politically. The criminal charges against the INC member Gatdula occurred even before the Corona impeachment. The clear involvement, testimonies and evidences against Magtanggol Gatdula of kidnapping and extortion cannot be made overnight. Of course, INC members and administration was obviously hurt by this total embarrassment made by their co-INC member Gatdula. The criminal intent is clear. 

    Watch your back President Noynoy Aquino. The cult of Iglesia Ni Cristo was humiliated and they simply cannot ignore this kind of embarrassment. Historically, INC joined EDSA 3 in protest against the Philippine government. INC members were hurt and died in EDSA 3. The cult of Iglesia Ni Cristo is using the doctrine of the Manalo family for different kind of motives; politically, personally and wickedly.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      It’s a political vendetta against INC.  Please take note that Cuevas represented both Merci Gutierrez and Corona, Pnoy’s enemies.  Another INC member Atty. Ferdinand Topacio is GMA’s legal counsel.  The two lawyers would not represent these controversial clients without INC leadership’s permission.  They might have even been asked by the church to represent Pnoy’s enemies. 

      • indiosbravos2002

        How come religion came into the picture?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJYY3DTJ5H7AFK5IOBPPINESEM Benito Chung

      And may I add…there is no such thing as an INC vote.  It’s a myth! 

      • iskurokutoy

        INC and Quiboloy supported Mar Roxas…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDWT46ZRHZRJPI7UASWJMXMGKE Alen

    #@!$%^* typical utak Mamang  Pulis, patrolman or general made no difference, majority of our law enforcer have the DNA of hoodlums.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDWT46ZRHZRJPI7UASWJMXMGKE Alen

    also typical 3rd rate brain of most bloggers here have political opinions. why don’t you all once in while set aside your uncivilized brain and consider this aa a criminal (unfortunately a law enforcer) caught red handed and the arresting officers had the balls to arrest or consider him like any other ordinary criminals

  • usapan2

    kung talagang walang kinalaman si former NBI Director Gatdula, bakit noong unang inilabas sa column ni Tulfo ang kidnapping ni Ohara ay wala agad ginawang aksyon si Gatdula para imbestigahan ang balita, at nanahimik lang si Gatdula.  kaya most probably ay involved nga talaga si Gatdula sa kidnapping.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2H5RVTJKPRWAHUTYZ4QOGS5GNE Complainant

    Lahat ng nangyari sa NBI in this case siguradong may basbas ni Sec Delima at Pres Noy. Imposibleng tumagal ito ng buwan tapos ni isa sa kanila di nainform? assuming na alam ni Dir Gatdula lahat ng pangyayari…siguradong informed si Sec Delima ay Pres Noy. Late na lang naireport ni Mon Tulfo ito. Illegal din yung ginawa nung mga Marzan sa pagkupkop kay Ohara.Kung binasa ni Pres Noy and investigation ng DOJ at talagang matindi and kaso ni Gatdula..hindi “insubordination” ang sasabihin ni Pres Noy… My guess is that the Japanese embassy asked the help of the Philippine government to pursue Ohara and that the NBI helped but sadly made a blunder with regards to the acceptance of reward (alleged ransom) for the apprehension of Ohara. The Money was suppose to be transferred upward the chain of command to fuel the media people on “certain projects” thus the issue of insubordination hence Gatdula’s head rolls—-ganda ng plot ko pang Bourne Legacy… Enjoy !hehehe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJYY3DTJ5H7AFK5IOBPPINESEM Benito Chung

      nope…did not amuse me.  try again.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

          You know what?  If you will write a book ala Bourne series, I’m not gonna read it . Why ? coz you’re full of sh*t!!!

    • kayumanggui46

      husay mong maglubid ng buhangin para kumita ka ng pera…nakakasuka kayo ni Lacson…lokohin nyo lelong nyong panot…lagot kayo kay Tulfo…may araw dn kayo ni Pingky…

  • madlangpipol

    Gatdula himself to be blamed…lumabas na yong news sa media..hindi man lang sya nag presscon…or nagsalita tungkol sa totoong sitwasyon!..ayan!..na 1,2,3 tuloy sya ng kanyang mga kalaban!

    it’s your inaction, general!

    • kayumanggui46

      anong inaksyon e sya ang mastermind at pinakamalki sana ang kikitain…INManalo yan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TFNGUIV72VHZ7WKJSRCVUNRTQA Sorry Guys

    Problem 1= Political Appointment

    What a shame this report came in the open and transmitted online around the world…

    This is not just kidnapping for ransom or just a criminal activity of men in uniform.

    The integrity of the premier law enforcement agency of the our nation is at stake.

    How can we repair the damage this incident has caused? I have no idea,, I am totally at loss.

    Let us wait and see how DOJ will prosecute this extraordinary case and how our Courts will render justice without fear or favor at the earliest coz justice delayed means justice denied.
    Thank God there is no death penalty now…..

    May God bless the Philippines!

    • kayumanggui46

      Nothing extraordinary about this..ganito na from Marcos years…when Pestano was killed in 1995 ang NBI din ang nag-cover up kasama ang CIDG ayun sa utos ng higher ups..hindi lang maingay ang press dahil tamad, o nabayaran o natakot…classic modus operandi ito ng grupo ni Lacson…mahusay lang magtago at magsuhol at manakot si Lacson ng small time trail judges at magbribe ng CA ay Superme Court at kumapit sa may poder…ang pag-atake ni Lacson kay Gloria preparasyon lang para kunwari ay poltical persecution…pero guilty sya as guilty as his boys Gatdula and Michael Ray Aquino…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    What I wanna know is  that, if anybody made Noriyo Ohara write that letter…

    • kayumanggui46

      Sabi na ni Noriyo Ohara na pinilit syang gawin ang sulat par icover-up ang kidnapping nang nagleak na ito…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    A criminal activity performed by NBI at its highest echelon.  Wow… The whole operation was hatched by Gartdula, right?   Gatdula belong to the Lacson Group. The way the operation is being hatched is like way back during the time of Lacson as PNP chief.  

  • kaloykoy

    Tingin ko talagang involve dito sa kasong kidnapping with extortion itong si Gatdula.Naka-detail ang mga pangyayari kung paano na involve itong si Gatdula at alam mo na hindi gawa-gawa lang ito.Nararapat lang na matanggal itong si Gatdula dahil tingin ko nagkasala talaga sya.

  • sacrebleau

    They made NBI their own kidnap-for-ransom gang using gov’t resources, taxpayer’s money to finance their operation. Does that sound deliriously insane? You bet! I also bet you that “labsky,” Gatdula’s side kick , Chona Esplana and the rest of those hangers-on in the NBI building pretending to be agents, have figured in many other crimes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    pareho lang na me pagkakasala si ohara at ang nbi di ba dapat dinedeport na yan si ohara!?

  • victor1052

    gatdula joins ligot, garcia, reyes and corona in showing the world that the philippines is indeed a hopelessly corrupt country where the head of a crime-fighting unit such as he can commit heinous crimes OFFICIALLY

    • Loggnat

      On the other hand, never in the history of the Philippines that seemingly untouchable individuals are falling one by one and are being brought to court to justify their actions that are deemed illegal according to the law. And these brings some hope that the power at the helm is serious in his drive to expose and bring to justice those abusing their position in the government. Maybe the time for change has come and what an era it can be in ushering the Chinese year of the Dragon. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

        If they truly want to go after the untouchable, the must also go after this Spanish mestizo Enrique Razon and Bong Pineda both of whom remain untouched in every administration.  By the way, Razon was an avid supporter of GMA but also helped Pnoy last election.

      • Loggnat

              Maybe the presidents’ strategy is go after those that are big obstacles and that will greatly diminished his success in fighting graft and corruption. It also seems to focused on prosecuting the well known individuals that are symbols of the culture of impunity in their particular fields ie. Palparan & Garcia in military, Arroyo in the executive, Abalos in COMELEC, CJ Corona in Judiciary and now, Gatdula in law enforcement. I surely hope that the president keeps going down the food chain down to at least middle management level in prosecuting these corrupt criminals in the government. And after that, he should focus on the unscrupulous  companies on the private sector that steals from the government infra-structure projects that they were entrusted to complete.

  • Guest

    On the basis of Ohara’s testimony, Gatdula and associates should be arrested now. They might go into hiding. Let them justify themselves in the court.

    No kid gloves treatment for them. Otherwise Pnoy and Leila will be dragged down by public opinion.

    Not only termination from service but criminal prosecution as well considering the damage they have done to NBI, tourism industry, and the country.

    I’m sure the international community is keenly watching how the administration deals this case.

  • kai yoton

    hindi na dapat ipinagtataka ang gawain ng NBI….pugad ng mga magagaling yan eh!magagaling sa kalokuhan..meron pa bang matino sa NBI nayan?

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    sa halip na si palparan ang unahin nilang ipakulong. sana itong si gatdula ang unahin at ung mga kampon nya!

  • tarikan

    Iglesia ni Manalo pala itong si Gatdula. Akala ko walang masamang tao sa secta nila. Papano na yan mababawasan ng isa ang tutungo sa langit?

  • JJF724

    This is small amount of money for Gatdula to master mind but victim identified him and saw him?  Could be his agents started it and Gatdula could not discipline them because they know something about him?  What ever it is, he definitely needs to go.  More and more big time is being implicated and more danger arround, PNOY need to be protected and supported 100%

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S4FVL3ZG2XSG2WV565AHXIJFKU Benito

    You may have all the integrity in the world, but the very moment when you will be linked to a questionable undoing, you are in the brink of destruction, seemingly you have reached the end of your line. Why are there people not contented with what they earned? They still resort to dubious means sacrificing their prestige and honor. My advice? Live a just and honest life, filled with love, forgiveness and compassion…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    I am requesting my fellow bloggers to refrain from injecting political color here ! Walang kinalaman dito sina President Noynoy o si former PGMA. This is a case of CORRUPTION rearing again its ugly head ! Let us all unite against these CORRUPT law enforcers . . . This Gatdula and all those NBI egents involved in the kidnapping and extortion on the Japanese woman SHOULD be arrested immediately. . . ANO  PA INAANTAY  NG DOJ ? 

    • http://twitter.com/1914Robin robin hood

      hinay hinay lang dre pa imbestiga muna natin bago arestuhin give them due process bka inosente yung tao….

    • magcalasL

      These people are just happy to link the president on every issue, good or bad. kahit gumawa ka ng mabuti, pupunahin ka, kaya walang nangyayari sa bayan, we’re a bunch of regionalist people, kanya kanyang grupo, whether masama o mabuti kakampihan basta kagrupo. opinion lang po, wag magagalit

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IDQPR4R6N7XSU25IYSZFP3J3BE BerkeleyW

    gagong gatdula kampon ni lacson mga mandarambong! kidnapper ang mga yan nuon pa. biktima din kami nyan! kaya dito na kami sa amerika para di kami magalaw ulit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    If Gatdula is proven guilty, then he should be hanged….And if the dismissal is without any political color, then it’s ONE POINT GAIN FOR PNOY’S MATUWID NA DAAN! Good job.

  • http://twitter.com/evm4 Eduardo Regala

    It is time to return back the NBI into National Bureau of Investigation from National Bureau of Iglesia Ni Cristo. Maraming NBI operatives dyan na INC members ang abuso sa tungkulin, tatak ng pagiging INC members nila. 

    Public servants on the wrong side – By Ramon Tulfo – Sotico Inocencio, 42, a tricycle driver from Capiz province, was having a late lunch on July 18 at a fastfood restaurant in Cubao, Quezon City, when he was approached by six men with bulging waistlines. They said they were agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and were arresting him for raping and murdering a woman in Taytay, Rizal province last year. Inocencio said they were mistaken since he came to Manila only in April this year. When he resisted, one of the men drew a pistol and whipped him in the head twice. He was taken to the NBI headquarters bloodied and handcuffed.

    At the office of the Internal Affairs Division (IAD), two witnesses arrived and said the captors got the wrong guy. After knowing his men made a mistake, IAD chief Oscar Embido reportedly asked Inocencio: ‘Iglesia ka ba (Are you a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo)’ When Inocencio said he was a Catholic, Embido allegedly told him to get out of his office immediately. Not a single word of apology came from Embido for Inocencio?s mistaken arrest and bloodied head. Embido, allegedly an untouchable at the NBI because he was recommended by the INC, was former chief of the anti-organized crime division from which he was removed for alleged abusive conduct. Embido and his men are not authorized to make arrests as their duty is only to investigate complaints from the public against NBI agents.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

    Ano ba yan, P-noy.  May kinlaman na naman ba si Gloria dyan?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

    Kayong mga mantsang naninilaw, komo di umayon sa abnoy nyong lider and INC at simbahan kalaban nyo na.  Lahat yata ng di pumapabor sa inyo pro-GMA at kaaway na mortal.Ganyan isip ng mga retarded.  Ganon na rin ba kayo?

  • Francis81

    Di ba na involved din itong si Gatdula sa KFR nuong nasa PAOCTF pa siya?  Bata yan  ni Panfilo Lacson.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SHKBBO273I7GMSQTA4ZWLZCG3U Max

    Liela de Lima – you are a heroine.

    • mang_tomas

      nice observation my friend max. keep it up..

  • thecourageous1322

    Nahaluan na ng pulis ang NBI. Malala na.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      You need to be a lawyer to be NBI Chief which Gatdula is.

      • thecourageous1322

        Yes I am. With doctorate degree. And I am not against Gatdula or any officer but the stupid police character and power abuses they manifest. Further, I do not intend to be NBI Chief, I retired early at 42 from government with a higher position than director.

    • mang_tomas

      as an institution, nbi is clean.. besides gatdula still enjoys the constitutional presumption of innocence. regards my friend courageous 1322

  • rsanr


    • mang_tomas

      karma is karma. we have to wait and see..

  • mark sahaoman

    ex pnp chief bacalzo papalit dyan kay gatdula.

  • Dodge2

    What a way to end ones career – with a face splattered with ‘mud and dirt’.  To Sec. De Lima and Pres Aquino, please stop appointing retired police generals to the NBI.  It’s better to appoint an insider who has a simple lifestyle and no derogatory information and no pending admin/criminal case than appoint an outsider especially a retired police general.  It is demoralizing on the part of the ‘insiders’.  Besides, there are 90 million other Filipinos to chose from.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XVMPVGAHW7AYGTLHBFGLE72KJE ronell

    Walang matino talaga sa mga alagad ng iglesia ni manalo…. madami pa yan jan na nakapwesto sa gobyerno! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      Bakit?  Ang mga bata ba ng mga Obispo kahit na si Mike Velarde matitino sa gobyerno?  Kumita ng malaki si Mel Robles.

  • cowboys2

    Kung ordinary person ang gumawa nito sigurado naka kulong na….ewan ko lang kung meron patutunguhan ang kasong ito, maraming “PADRINO” si Gatdula….i heard this before!

  • usapan2

    baka iyang ibang nasa loob ng NBI office ay mga amuyong lang at kakwentuhan lang ng mga NBI employees/agents at nagtatambay lang sa loob ng NBI Compound.  pagkatapos feeling NBI agent na rin itong mga tambay na ito, at sasali sa operasyon ng NBI.

  • mang_tomas

    this is a very unfortunate incident.. a law enforcer now being tagged as a law-breaker, albeit by implication.. nevertheless, we must not prejudge him. he is still presumed innocent. thanks.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      I seldom witness a person of such high authority in the person of Gatdula who’s a General and NBI Chief so emotional and in tears during interview.  He was very hurt.  He might be really innocent.  Did Palparan and other high ranking PNP and AFP officials feel remorse ? 

  • mang_tomas

    you are correct my friend.. gatdula is just conveying the message of
    innocence. i wish him well. i know he seems to be going through a
    place where angels fear to thread right now.. but he can prove to us 
    that he is innocent, if he is. and disprove the adverse allegations as
    malicious in due time.

  • rnoldrmada

    The dept of tourism ought to add the slogan ” kidnapping is better in the Philippines” in their campaign based on this very sad event. It’s scary to think that our very own NBI which is supposed to fight crime in our country are themselves perpetrators of crime. and the worst part of it is they are arrogant enough to think they could get away with it.
    Thank you, Tulfo, for your expose on these bad guys!!! 

  • g219h

    Ang kapal.

  • Loggnat

    I like your suggestions except for giving early retirement for those employees with pending administrative & criminal cases, or with complaints filed by the public. They should be suspended with or without  pay depending on the gravity of the charges and complaint. A complete investigation ie. lifestyle check, SALN, and integrity in paying taxes should be conducted. Their passport should be suspended and they should be advised not to leave the country without court ordered approval. If found not guilty, they should be admitted back and paid all salaries and compensation earned during the suspension with a heart felt apology from the government to the individual and his family. And an investigation should be initiated on the entity and/or individual that filed the false charges. The purpose is to file counter charges to recover government expenses and bring justice to those falsely sued. If the employee is found guilty, throw the book on him and make him pay back salaries paid during the suspension, take away any retirement privileges earned, prohibit him from holding any government job and lastly, jail him. IF ill gotten wealth are discovered, it should be confiscated. That should deter others to make the same mistake of abusing their position of power.

  • matumal

    So.. final “spin” version na ba ito? Na hindi tinakasan ni Ohara ang yakuza kundi fugitive siya at wanted ng Japanes government for tax evasion at ng mga creditors? (kung mayaman talaga bakit mo hindi na lang bayaran kasi) I wonder kung nasa interpol siya at kung bakit nasa nbi siya. Still, it would be interesting to know how she acquired a Phil. diplomatic passport at sino yung immgration offciial na sumundo sa kniya,planeside pa at hindi na pina-process sa immigration 2009. Anong naging relasyon niya sa Marzans from 2009 to 2011 (matagal tagal din yan). anong nature at bakit nakipagusap (allegedly)si Gatdula sa Japanese embassy  (mukhang hindi kasi gagawin yan ng isang kidnapper). Please present all the facts, all sides of the story; baka may final “spin” version pa ito.

  • CustomsNeighbor

    NBI is now the official National Bureau of Immigration…..tsk tsk tsk

  • allandel

    no more police and military people in the civilian government! most of them are corrupt!!!

  • Loggnat

           Maybe the woman is under in the Interpol’s witness protection program. They usually float around different stories and see which one will stick. =)) But complications might have forced her out because of the alleged NBI kidnapping and they cannot quietly extract her out of the country.  It could be the reason why she had easily and unobtrusively able to enter the country and why Gatdula is allegedly talking to the Japanese embassy. Gatdula is a failure as the top dog in the NBI. If he is not involved in the alleged kidnapping, he was still guilty of being clueless on what is going on within the compound of his headquarters. Imagine how much Gatdula’s awareness would be on conditions and situations in the field. The best he can hope for is to admit incompetence and prove that he is not involved in the kidnapping and then fade away and live quietly in retirement.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPUPSBWP2WEBCCPGHRY54UCTOM Anne Torre

    Gatdula admitted to the panel that he went to the SMD office as part of his “routine inspection” but he said he did not remember meeting or even noticing Ohara.

    Based on the report, Gatdula is clearly a LIAR! Good riddance!

    I hope this will deter extortion and other crimes by the Philippine authorities against foreigners. Pilipinos abroad are now center of humiliation and ridicule. All because of these S-O-Bs in the Phiippine government headed by a diffident and disorderly President.

  • Pepe Smith

    Ikulong lahat ng involved. Dapat walang takot na ipatupad ang batas. Exempted na ba ngayon ang miembro ng Iglesia Ni Kristo? Ganoon na ba ang takot ng gobyerno sa kanila? The Church itself should urge the government to implement the law regardless of who are involve otherwise, the church will lose its respect from the poeple and their members itself.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    kaya walang nahuhuli mga yan..d lang nman nbi gumagawa nyan

  • 4kingdaddy

    will you write something about the marzan’s…who are these people and why did they helped ohara get through bypassing immigration?… why did they use their own money as a ransom..or is it….it sounds like ohara has the means noting that her father left a large inheritance on her…..and bought a house?…don’t tell me the marzan’s bought the house for her……okay journalists, write up who the marzan’s are and what connection do they have with ohara….forget gatdula for a change…he’s on his way to jail…expose the marzan’s to us, your readers and bloggers…..

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