Malacañang on Wednesday said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had started investigating the “forged” document announcing the appointment of a new Bureau of Immigration (BI) commissioner.

In a Palace briefing, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said she had been informed by Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla that the probe had started.

“As of yesterday afternoon, I was informed by Secretary Boying Remulla that the NBI has already commenced its investigation. We are waiting to hear from the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group),” she said.

Cruz-Angeles earlier this week said Marcos Jr. had yet to name a BI commissioner after alleged appointment papers showing that lawyer Abraham Espejo Jr. has been named BI commissioner circulated online.

Mico Clavano, spokesman of the Department of Justice, said on Wednesday that forging the president’s signature was punishable with reclusion temporal or imprisonment of 12 to 20 years.

Espejo was a dean of the Iglesia ni Cristo-owned New Era University’s college of law.

He also lawyered for former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos.

Rogelio Gevero Jr. is the BI’s officer in charge pending the designation of a new commissioner. John Ezekiel J. Hirro