NBI-Bacolod to Focus on Corruption Probes

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod City will now focus its investigation function on corruption in government as its anti-illegal drugs campaign was put on hold.

Lawyer Reinor Baldovino, the newly-designated agent in charge of the NBI-Bacolod District Office yesterday said that the agency has been conducting investigations on government corruption in the past.

Baldovino, who replaced Atty. Renato Garbo, was former executive officer of NBI in Tarlac before his assignment in Bacolod.

He admitted that the new focus of the NBI on government corruption will mean that “the public will file corruption cases against government officials.”

He said that aside from focusing on government corruption, he is also coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the implementation of a physical expansion of the current NBI office.

Baldovino denied that his assignment to Bacolod was because of the “perceived inefficiency” of the past agent in-charge.”

There is no backlog of cases in both our frontline service of issuing clearances as well as our investigation function, he pointed out.

This is just part of the agency’s regular reorganization and reshuffling, he said.

“I still have to meet with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., to know what he expects from the NBI,” Baldovino, who is entering his 26 years in service, said.”*(Eugene Y.Adiong)