Peers rally behind prosecutor punched by NBI agent in QC



The Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines (PLP) on Friday condemned what it called an “irresponsible and dastardly” act allegedly committed by an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who was accused of punching a Quezon City prosecutor without any provocation.

The uproar stemmed from the complaint filed in the Quezon City Police District by Assistant City Prosecutor Benjie Samson, who said the agent assaulted him at the Hall of Justice late Wednesday night.

NBI Director Nonnatus Cesar Rojas on Friday identified the agent as special investigator Roel Jovenir of the bureau’s Technical Intelligence Division.

In a statement, PLP president Jaime L. Umpa did not refer to Jovenir by name but denounced the act of the NBI agent as “a clear violation and disrespect” not only to Samson but to his colleagues in the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“This is a clear affront to the prosecutor concerned, the National Prosecution Service in general, and the DOJ which he represents. No amount of explanation can justify such reckless and irresponsible act,” Umpa said.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she had ordered NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas to conduct an investigation and file charges against the agent.

Prosecutor General Claro Arellano also asked Samson to file a formal complaint.

Umpa, a Northern Mindanao regional prosecutor, called for a thorough investigation so that “proper administrative and criminal charges will be filed against the agent before the court. The League demands a full and impartial investigation of the incident so that appropriate charges are filed in court or in the proper administrative body.”

Samson earlier told police that his attacker was part of a group of men who introduced themselves as NBI agents when they arrived looking for an inquest prosecutor at the Hall of Justice past 11 p.m. Wednesday. He had just returned to the building because he forgot something in his office when he overheard the men talking with the security guards.

Samson said he approached the group and explained to the visitors that the night inquest was only until 11 p.m. At this point, one of the NBI agents punched him without provocation, he said.

The men then immediately left in three vehicles, including one with a government license plate and a car marked “Security Management Division-NBI.”

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  • Noel

    There’s no difference between NBI agents and cops except that the former are mostly lawyers.

  • charlie_oscar

    NBI is a kidnap for ransom syndicate!

  • Darwin

    Jovenir is not the only one to be charged. His colleagues should have arrested him right there and then instead of facilitating his escape after hitting the prosecutor. If it was an “accident” why then did he and his companions run away like the crooks they are? Palusot lang nila. Bottomline|: the NBI was anxious to inquest another hulidap/extortion victim with a fabricated case. Ng Hindi napagbigyan, nag ugaling hoodlum.

    • aeon888

      I agree. If this incident happened in the US, those fellow agents should have had arrested their peer for assault. But it is more fun in the Philippines if you have the gun and the badge. If this arrogant agent has the gall to punch a DOJ prosecutor then imagine the poor ordinary citizens that this agent gets to encounter everyday.

      The Alex Boncayo Brigade or the NPA sparrow unit should take care of this scalawag.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Its best to avoid these agents and law enforcers, they are more dangerous than the criminals because they represent the law. But how can we expect those agencies to clean their ranks when the top positions are also tainted like the PDEA, NBI . . . what else?

  • aeon888

    Sana ipalabas ang CCTV video clip sa lobby ng DOJ, unless sira naman yung CCTV dahil sa kurapsyon ng pondo para doon. hehehe

  • Political Jaywalker

    Now how ironic is that, the NBI and the DoJ are supposed to work together in fighting crime but one of them chose to be an idiot assaulting their counterpart and be the subject of a criminal complaint, hehehe. Hoy! Wala ba kayong kahihiyan? Namputsya, no wonder high profile criminals are on the loose and crimes are rampant to almost breakdown of law and order you of all people should be doing your job instead of getting involved in a criminal act.

  • diamond_digger

    Wow! Another mad dog in the once-prestigious NBI. And he is just a special agent yet. Wait till he becomes a regional director. He should be fired and put to jail as he is clearly an obstacle to the ‘Daang Matuwid” objective of the present administration. Paging Director Rojas, it is your time to show the Filipino people you deserved the salary they paid you for.

  • Garo Ungaro

    no question asked grounded and fired…this are the bad elements thats why we are having black eye on the justice and police departments.  no respect…they always believed their the law and above the law…investigate and fired….

    • Jack

      kung ano ang puno, siya ang bunga. yon big boss nila na si delima ay hindi marunong sumunod sa utos ng SC, si roel jovenir pa na isang special investigator  ng  Technical Intelligence Division, NBI

  • randyaltarejos

    Bakit medyo alanganin sa oras yung pag hanap nila sa inquest prosecutor? Were they cooking up something in the wee hours of the night? I knew from the start that it was the handiwork of an NBI special investigator. Because NBI agents (lawyers and CPAs) couldn’t do this to a DOJ official. He lacks proper orientation, demeanor and respect.

  • regie

    assault upon an agent of a person in authority….

  • eirons1043

    I think the Prosecutor should also be investigated for being at the office after office hours.  It is unbelievable that he is working overtime or forget something lang kasi tirador din ang mga Prosecutors at alam yan ng mga NBI agents whether Special or Regular.

  • wehd1nga

    paano kung simpleng taxpayer ang kaharap ni NBI Agent baka hindi lang isang sapak ang inabot, paalala lang mga tsong pera tax money ng taong bayan ang nilalamon nyo pati sasakyan at gasolina ginagamit nyo, kaya umayos kayo lalo na ikaw NBI Agent na dapat nagpapatupad ng batas.

  • kartuthero

    mayabang kasi si samson kaya tama lang ang inabot nya! ano ngayon samson eh di nakakita ka ng katapat mo! bugok ka kasi! pwe! good job nbi!

  • Cola

    Prosecutor Umpa, hindi dapat OR yan, AND.  Criminal AND Administrative Charges.  Ano ba yan?

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