Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday said that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has started the search for the missing lawyer and University of the Philippines (UP) Law Professor Ryan Oliva.
“Yes, the NBI MIMAROPA field office is already involved in the search for Atty. Oliva,” Guevarra said.
Police said items belonging to the missing Oliva were found at a beach in Looc, Occidental Mindoro last Friday.
“I have directed the OIC chief of the NBI to intensify the agency’s coordination with the local police of Looc, Mindoro Occidental and the Philippine Coast Guard in the joint search,” Guevara added.
A construction firm’s employee found the items inside a bag along the shore of Natalon, Brgy. Balikyas, around 6 a.m., according to a report from the MIMAROPA regional police.
The items include an Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) card, non-professional driver’s license card, credit card, and shopping card all bearing Oliva’s name, as well as cards from several establishments, a cellphone, keys, and bracelets.
Jinny Histas, a tireman of Algimar Construction, told police that he was about to go fishing when he found the bag partially covered by sand and garbage.
Oliva, who is also chief of the Department of Tourism’s legislative liaison office, was reported as missing by his family Tuesday.