THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are conducting an investigation into the alleged forgery of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s signature for the supposed appointment of the new commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).”As of yesterday afternoon (August 30, 2022), I was informed by [Justice] Secretary Boying Remulla that the NBI has already commenced its investigation,” Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a press briefing on Wednesday, August 31.In a statement, CIDG Director Brigadier General Ronald Lee said they have also already begun their probe.Lee said he has ordered an in-depth investigation to find the source of distribution and circulation of the said document.He said those involved in the illegal act will be facing punishment in violation of Article 161 of the Revised Penal Code or counterfeiting the great seal of the Government of the Philippine Islands, forging the signature or stamp of the Chief Executive.“Babantayan namin ito hanggang matunton natin ang may kagagawan (We will keep watch on this until we find the perpatrator). We are also encouraging our friends from the media to join us (CIDG) in seeking the truth and to come forward if they have any knowledge about this incident,” said Lee.Angeles earlier denied the appointment of a new BI commissioner, saying that the supposed letter of appointment bears a forged signature of the President.In a Laging Handa public briefing, Department of Justice Spokesperson Lawyer Mico Clavano said they have already identified a person of interest or suspect for the forged document, but he refused to divulge the person’s identity pending the completion of the probe. (SunStar Philippines)