By Jeffrey Damicog
Two women have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for posing as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in trying to influence a case at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).
NBI spokesman Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin Monday (June 17) identified the two arrested women as Ida Josephine Villahermosa and Deltha Pasco Bernardo.
Lavin said the two were arrested last June 13 at the NLRC office in Quezon City by agents of the NBI’s Special Operations Group (NBI-SOG).
Following their arrest, Villahermosa and Bernardo were subjected to inquest proceedings before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office for usurpation of authority or official function in violation of Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
Lavin noted that investigators also found that the two also have pending cases of estafa, illegal recruitment and violating the Batas Pambansa 22 (Anti-Bouncing Check Law).
The spokesman said the NBI acted on the complaint of Duterte-Carpio, the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.
NBI investigators learned that someone had been calling the office of NLRC Commissioner Alex Lopez claiming to be Duterte-Carpio to talk about a case involving Philtranco and Victory Liner.
The caller who posed as Duterte-Carpio warned that Malacañang is already investigating the case and added that heads will roll if it is not acted on.
The caller also gave her mobile phone number which she claimed to be the private phone number of the Davao City mayor and that she will be sending Villahermosa to the NLRC as her representative.
The two women were arrested when they arrived at the NLRC.
NBI investigators determined that the number claiming to be from Duterte-Carpio was the mobile phone number of Villahermosa.
Investigators also found out from her mobile phone that she had been making calls to the office of Lopez.