Two provincial Capitol employees tested positive in polygraph test conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation as part of its probe into the theft of dental supplies at the Provincial Administration Center in Bacolod City, NBI Bacolod chief Mamerto Cortez said yesterday.   

The polygraph test is popularly known as a lie detector test.   The tests were conducted on nine employees, and two males – one a contractual and another a utility worker – tested positive, which shows signs of deception, Cortez said.   A polygraph test is not conclusive but it is an investigative tool in determining who is the culprit, he said.  

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“After the polygraph test results, we will re-interview those who tested positive,” he added.   Charges will be filed for malversation of public property against those found to have participated in the theft, Cortez said.   Even if the others tested negative, if some circumstances indicate criminal liability, we will still file charges against them, he added.  

Cortez said these personnel were at the PAC at the time the dental equipment disappeared.   Closed-Circuit Television footage showed that a box filled with P147,696 in dental medicines mysteriously moved on its own from a hallway into a women’s comfort room at the PAC on Oct. 2   The empty box was discovered in the CR on Oct. 4 with its contents apparently stolen.

*CPG FUENTE: (Daily Star)