OPERATIVES of the Manila Police District have collared six people after they tried to bribe money from an owner of a training center worth P500,000, in exchange of leakage of test questionnaires of the marine officers licensure examination of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

According to the spot report furnished by the MPD-General Assignment Section, they identified the prime suspect as Julius Maquera, 26 years old, single, Evaluator at MARINA-Monitoring Division; and his cohorts Christian Asistores and Malone Morales, both Evaluator in Marina; MARINA Information Technicians John Daniel Miron and Teodorico Dionisio; and Joemarie Antiquera, marketing manager of North Star Training Center.

According to the report of Police Chief Inspector Joselito P. De Ocampo, the suspects were arrested after an entrapment operation last Thursday, January 11, at around 5 pm at Pipedown Review Center located along Kalaw St, Ermita, Manila.

De Ocampo said that prior to the arrest, complainant Jobert Francisco, owner of Pipedown Review Center along with Marina Board Examiner Carlito Bondoc, appeared to their office last January 10, to seek their help because the suspect Maquera is asking him P500,000 in exchange of the leakage of the said test questionnaires, which is prohibited by law.

Francisco furthered that it is not in his reputation to violate the law just to have his seafarer trainees a sure passing grade, prompting him to seek the assistance of the MPD operatives that lead to the arrest.

Meanwhile, United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) President Engr. Nelson Ramirez lauded the arrest of the suspects and wishes to catch the “big fish” hatching the leakage that has been a long been problem in Marina.

“Before the Board of Examiners was appointed, there were already questions in the data bank. Only few questions and of course, it was so easy to memorize. Thus the birth of the GENIUSES in the seafaring industry. So many were able to get 100% in all subjects. Doon na binaboy ng husto ang ating examination. Tinalo na ng mga marino ang mga graduates ng U.P., Ateneo, La Salle, UST, Pamantasan ng Manila. Bumaha na ang mga HENYO.” Ramirez said.

He also stressed that he already knew the crime of for sale leakage, and it has been a subject of his bombardment to MARINA months ago.

“Ilang buwan na natin itong binabanatan pero naging bingi at bulag si MARINA Administrator Marcial Amaro. Oh ngayon sino ang mali? Ako ba?” said Ramirez.
Arrested suspects will be presented before the duty inquest prosecutor for proper disposition of the case.

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