NBI Arrests Fixers Who Ask Payment to Process NBI Clearance Online

NBI Arrests Fixers Who Ask Payment to Process NBI Clearance Online




As the old adage goes, if there’s a will, there’s a way. That was certainly the case as fixers adapt to the new online NBI Clearance application as they now come equipped with wireless hotspots and tablets and are ready to take payments from non-tech savvy citizens who wants to process an NBI Clearance.


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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) cracked down on this new modus operandi and arrested these fixers who are asking Php50 fee from unsuspecting victim to have their NBI Clearance application processed. Do note that the new online application for NBI clearance is free of charge as stated on our previous report.

To be frank though, it isn’t all that hard for the NBI to identify these fixers considering that most of them are just staying in front of the NBI compound, complete with their own signage and are actively calling out potential customers.


 

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In their defense, the vendors claim that they are not fixers and stated that they are just helping out NBI clearance applicants by offering their “service”. They also claim that they were only asking for a fee to cover for their expenses such as paying for mobile internet that enables them to “help” applicants.

NBI spokesman Nick Suarez reiterated that the new online process is free for all and that the agency is offering free Wi-Fi access inside the NBI facilities. He added that computers are also available inside the NBI compound which eliminates the need for applicants to resort to fixers.

[PhilStar]



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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7 Responses

  1. They should visit the NBI Processing Center at Empire Center in Pasay City (along EDSA near Pasay Rotonda). Computer Shops near the NBI Clearance Center have signs “Get Your NBI Clearance here.”

  2. Jsn says:

    That should be the case. Here in Cebu, the NBI employees themselves would refer you to the people outside to process your online application. Which is of course for a fee.

  3. bomaxx says:

    hay naku, kasabwat din naman yan ng mga taga NBI. Sa Butuan City nga nasa loob mismo nang compound yung nagpa process, humihingi ng bayad sa processing. wala corrupt talaga taga gobyerno kahit anung ahensiya

  4. imagi says:

    medyo vague ang pag-classify ng NBI sa mga “fixers” who offer assistance to non-tech savy individuals.

    Personally, I wouldn’t classify them as fixers. Parang mga “tutors” sila.

  5. archie says:

    Kunwari pa sila e employees pa ang nagtuturo sa technophobes na lumapit sa mga nakatablet sa labas. Ang dapat gawin ng NBI ay mag-encourage ng legit internet cafe malapit sa agencies na willing mag-assist sa mga NBI applicants with guidelines na nakasulat sa dingding. And whether they like it or not, kailangang matuto na ang mga technophobes at computer illiterates na mag-adapt sa basic technologies.

  6. JJoash says:

    ganun din naman kun gpupunta ka sa com shop para mag register online …. babayad din ng fee… so fixer din mga may ari ng com shops?

    • Michelle says:

      Kng kaya mu nmn mag online kaw n mismo ggawa ng data mo.. kasi alangan nmn mag online k sa kanila ng libre eh ngbbyad cla ng net at kuryente natural lng na maningil cla nd nmn cla namimilit kng ayaw mu db

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