NBI confirms email fraud vs mining firm PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2012 13:59

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday confirmed that emails have circulated in several government agencies implicating a major Canadian mining company in a conspiracy to murder suspected illegal miners in Balabag, Zamboanga del Sur and bribe government officials.

The NBI, which is the Philippines’ premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In a report dated July 13, 2012, the NBI said that the emails did not come from TVI Resources Development Philippines, Inc. (TVIRD).

“The emails did not come from the authentic source (TVI) and are maliciously created,” lawyer Francis V. Senora, NBI Technical Intelligence Division chief, said in a press conference on Monday.

The emails were circulated late last year and early this year.

Some emails contained bribing ranking officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and plot to murder local officials in Zamboanga del Sur.

Aside from the NBI, TVIRD also sought the help of the Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA), an international private risk assessment and security agency to check the emails.

Both the NBI and the PSA noted defects in the emails, including inconsistencies between the graphic interphase in the email printouts and the actual emails from TVIRD from its email system, differences in domain addresses used in fake emails with real TVIRD emails, grammatical inconsistencies and inconsistencies with date and time stamp format and other email protocols.

“We strongly deny involvement in this and any criminal acts. We are a legitimate, multi-million dollar publicly listed business. Our business practices here and in various parts of the world are beyond reproach,” former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and current TVIRD legal adviser Fulgencio Factoran, Jr. said in the same press conference.

Factoran noted that the purported TVIRD emails even reached the Office of the President (OP), which allegedly destroy the reputation of TVIRD.

TVIRD, associated with Canadian company TVIRD Pacific Inc., was one of the first companies allowed by the government to conduct mining operations in the Philippines.