A FORENSIC EXPERT FALLS
Wycoco admitted that the arrest of Reyes was difficult to enforce considering the rapport he had established with other NBI officials and personnel since he joined the bureau.
"We consider this a big burden on the leadership, but we have to do this," stressed the NBI chief, who noted that he informed other ranking NBI officials, including Assistant Director Lolito Utitco of the complaint against Reyes prior to his arrest.
Wycoco pointed out that Reyes’ arrest has both negative and positive effects on the bureau.
"It would somehow create a bad impression on the integrity of the bureau. But it would surely show that the NBI will act on each and every complaint, regardless of the personality involved," he added.
Wycoco noted that Chan’s complaint was the first he had heard of against Reyes since he became the NBI director two years ago.
Ricardo Diaz, chief of the NBI-International Police (Interpol) Division said when he joined the NBI 15 years ago, Reyes was already with the Medico Legal Division.
"I think Dr. Reyes has been with the bureau for more than 30 years now," Diaz said.
"Unfortunately, the first time he committed an offense he got caught," Wycoco said.
The NBI-Medico Legal Office is considered one of the more sensitive units, being the bureau’s eye in establishing evidence against criminals.
Wycoco warned other officials and personnel of the NBI they would suffer the same consequence should they be involved in any wrongdoing.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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