NBI exec admits sending agents to Kiram’s home


MANILA, Philippines–An official of the National Bureau of Investigation admitted sending its agents to the house of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

NBI Deputy Director for Intelligence Services Reynaldo Esmeralda said it was a legitimate operation allowed by his office and that of Deputy Director Ruel Lasala on Special Investigation Services.

“The task of our people was to monitor the premises of the Kiram family,” Esmeralda said.

When asked why the agents posed as member of the media, he said “if there is difficulty of getting inside the Kiram residence, they will ask the help of the members of the media na kaibigan namin (who are our friends).”

Esmeralda said they were introduced to Mrs. Kiram by TV5 reporter Carla Lim as NBI agents

“They were entertained by Mrs. Kiram. They were even given refreshments,” he said.

In getting information, Esmeralda explained that they either do covert or open operations or a combination of both.

“Here, they only want to blend in with the crowd but they were introduced by Carla Lim as NBI agents. There was a misunderstanding on that aspect. That was the fault on the part of our agents. After they were introduced as NBI agents, they should have given the Kirams their calling card or ID,” he said.

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  • $18209031

    Dapit mag papkilala sila. Or else the Kiram security could have mistaken them for Malayo henchmen , then that be disastrous. Mabuti naman nagpapakilala sila .

  • $18209031

    Ang magaling lang sa NBI ay gumagawa ng drug raid kasama lahat ng tropa nila sporting their Colt M4 carbines and bullet proof vest s with ammo pouches.  Tapos posas at dadalhin sa opisina at mangangape. Sarap ng buhay kung maging NBI. Makahawak ka ng baril buong Pinas .

  • Matambaka

    Wala lang…uminom lang sila ng juice sa bahay ni Sultan….

  • batangpaslit

    dapat hindi sila nag paalam na “covert” ang pagdalaw nila.
    dapat pumunta na lang as NBI agent to know upfront what is going on.

  • Paulapaula

    Maybe kaya nagkaron ng surveillance ang mga nbi kasi merong mga umaaligid talagang Malaysians sa Kirams. I saw on tv news last night interviewing this kid and accdg to him, may tatlong Malaysians daw doon asking him about Kiram’s family. They even gave malaysian coins dun sa bata. This kid knew that their malaysians dahil obvious raw hindi marurunong magtagalog. Maybe, just maybe…nakarating na ito sa intelligence ng nbi kaya nagpadala na sila doon ng tao.. Ang mali lang talaga ng mga investigators was, when Carla Lim introduced them as nbi agents, dapat nagpakilala na sila and even gave them a calling card. sus!

  • Sabahis_Malaysia

    the NBI should have come into Kirams Home and kill all people inside the room..
    except for kids and innocent woman..
    this will stop terrorist..

    • mang_akino

      there only claiming what they own. put the sabah issue to international court of justice so that truth will prevail.

  • m1600

    Dapat yang mga BUGOY na yan sa malaysian embassy nag manman.

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