CEBU CITY, Philippines – The 22-year-old woman who was arrested at a Cebu City hotel on Friday October 15 for tampering with public documents was investigated on Monday October 18.
Lawyer Rennan Oliva, director of the National Bureau of Investigation of Central Visayas (NBI-7), identified the arrested person as Rayven Gay Dablo, 22, a resident of barangay Lagtang in Talisay City, Cebu. She was arrested via an entrapment operation carried out by NBI agents on Friday, October 15.
“[She was arrested] for violating Republic Law 8239 or the Philippine Passport Law of 1996, specifically guaranteeing a passport due to misrepresentation. We also indict him for article 172 in connection with 171 of the revised Penal Code or for falsification of public documents by a private individual and use of forged documents in relation to the law of the Republic 10175 or the law of 2012 on the prevention of cybercrime, âsaid Oliva.
Citing the outcome of their investigation, Oliva said that a request for an investigation was sent to them in March 2021 from the U.S. Embassy in Manila regarding documents Dablo, a U.S. visa applicant, was in possession of.
Dablo allegedly assumed the identity of a certain Sheny Mae Liza, a resident of Barili town, whose father holds a green card in the United States.
Sheny Mae’s father, one Roel Liza, is a Green Card holder and currently works as a baker in the United States. Dablo and Liza’s parents were acquaintances since they both have the same employer.
âIn the case of Dablo, they are the guards of the house of the employer of Roel Liza in [barangay] Lagtang Talisay. Sheny Mae’s father whose identity has been assumed by Dablo works in a bakery in the United States of the same employer. They are knowledge, âadded Oliva.
Upon further verification, it was discovered that the father was also surprised as he was unaware that his daughter Sheny Mae was applying for a US visa. Later, they knew it wasn’t Sheny Mae.
Oliva added that Dablo allegedly presented at least four forged government documents, including a Filipino passport, an original certificate of live birth, an original certificate of non-marriage and an authorization from the NBI when applying for a US visa.
Dablo was also required to submit additional documents and photos to establish his relationship with Roel Liza and the former reportedly emailed copies of the Lagtang National High School school ID card with the name Sheny Mae Liza, a copy of a driver’s license also under the name of Sheny Mae.
The data entry was for Sheny Mae only, but the photo used was of Dablo.
With this, Sheny Mae was subpoenaed on June 3, 2021. She then made an affidavit stating that she never applied for a US immigrant visa, Philippine passport, NBI authorization, permit. unprofessional driving and had never attended Lagtang National High School. since she graduated from a high school in the city of Barili.
Oliva further stated that on November 13, 2020, Dablo and her parents visited Sheny Mae’s home to ask her and her mother’s for consent to use her name and identity to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa. , which they âcategorically rejectedâ. They also allegedly failed to provide copies of the documents presented by the suspect.
Despite the reported rejection, Dablo reportedly continued with his plan until his arrest on October 15.
Dablo declined to make any statement regarding the incident.
She is currently being held in the NBI-7 holding cell since that posting. NBI-7 is awaiting the city attorney’s decision regarding his recommended bail. / rcg
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