You are having a smooth Online NBI Clearance application until you reach the releasing window and the staff told you that your NBI Clearance will be deferred for couple of days. It says at the back of your receipt, “HIT” with a releasing date when you can get your document.
This surprises many people and leads them asking “What have I done wrong in the past?”. What did just happened?
This is known as NBI Hit. All the things you need to understand about having a HIT is in this post.
What is a HIT and why do I have it?
HIT is a status of your NBI Application wherein your records undergo further evaluation before finally releasing your NBI Clearance. This is probably because you personally, or a person with exact name as yours has a criminal record.
NBI will defer the release of your application and further investigate whether you are indeed the one who is involved in the criminal case or somebody else.
NBI Personel will check all possible sources of criminal records in their database:
- Criminal records from the Courts (MTC, MTCC, MCTC, and RTC).
- Police and AFP records.
- Prosecution Service (City and Provincial Prosecution Offices).
- Sandiganbayan and Ombudsman.
If the derogatory records in NBI’s database appearing under your name indeed belongs to you, you need to undergo NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview conducted by NBI Agents.
How long do I need to wait for my NBI Clearance to be released?
You’ll be given a stub when you can go back for the release of your NBI Clearance. You don’t need to worry as long as you know yourself that you’re not the one with that criminal record.
Typically, the waiting time is about Five (5) to Ten (10) days for your NBI Clearance to be released.
What to do if your Hit is due to a criminal case?
Once you are asked you to attend an NBI Clearance Quality Control Interview, you need to be present. Again, there’s nothing to fear if you are innocent.
The very reason of the interview is for NBI Personnel to further examine your identity. You don’t have to worry if you previously have a criminal case where you have been absolved.
However, get yourself ready if you know that you are indeed a fugitive.
What to do on Quality Control Interview?
First of all, pray that everything will be okay. Next is to prepare the following necessary documents before going to your interview.
- Bring 2 valid IDs recognized by NBI
- Bring your NBI official transaction receipt
- Print your online registration form
- You can also bring the Certification of the Court or Court Decision from your previous dismissed case.
The Quality Control Section of the NBI main office is located at UN Avenue. It is where you will be interviewed. Typically, It opens around 7 AM to 5 PM so make sure to be there as early as you can. They operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
The interview may take around 10 minutes depending on the case of the interviewee, you will be asked several questions such as:
- Are you (insert your name)?
- How long have you been residing in your present address?
- Have you been to (place or places where your namesake committed the crime)?
- Do you have any criminal case such as theft, rape, arson, plunder, physical injury, murder, etc.?
Once you denied all the allegations being asked, you will be forwarded to NBI’s resident lawyer where you will take an oath. Next thing you will do is fill-out an Affidavit of Denial.
This is free. Through this you are telling that all allegations belong to a namesake and not to you personally. After submitting the accomplished form, you just need to wait for it to be notarized.
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