Monday, August 22, 2011


Celebrity, a noun word associated with “intrigues, scandals and lies”. It is hard to be a public figure, most especially being a TV Personality. Your life has been an open book. There is no single information or privacy that you can hide from the eyes of the viewing public.

Most of the time, what we call “stars” shine through controversies, conspiracies and maneuvers. If you did not encounter those vital words in the showbiz industry, be afraid and think not be in the limelight.

People, mostly Filipinos, are fond of creating and knowing gossips. Rumors are quickly spread for it is in our nature to be called as “chismoso and chismosa”, particularly if your favorite celebrities are involve in an issue.

Publicity is the main reason why issues and intrigues were made. Good or bad, it is still publicity. It can add up spice to the journey of one’s artist career. Though, some, especially the new breed of talents aspires to be the next big thing, are not used to the show business’ trend and endeavors. If encountered a disintegrating scheme, either way, deny it or chooses not to speak about the matter. But how sure are we, if they are telling the truth or it is just a lie.

Showbiz Central, a showbiz oriented program, airs every Sunday at around 4:00 PM on GMA channel 7. It talks about certain issues that involve your favorite stars. There is a special segment called DON’T LIE TO ME hosted by the one and only JOHN “SWEET” LAPUZ. It features different GMA7 talents to take the fiercely LIE DETECTOR TEST every week.

The said segment talks about gossips, intrigues and scandals of the featured artist. He / She is affix on a lie detector machine and a licensed Polygraphist will examine the chart to determine if the subject, person who currently taking the lie detector test, is telling the truth or not. The artist asks 3 sets of questions answerable by YES or NO. Result can be detected for a few seconds and the Polygraph examiner will raise the TRUTH or LIE signage. If the result is LIE , “SWEET” will face the consequence of dancing for the audience viewing pleasure.

Though, the polygraph test for that particular show is used as a mean of entertaining the public and proving that there is no need to be afraid to take the LIE DETECTOR TEST. However, the results of the Polygraph test are accurate and believable.

All of us have our own secrets to hide. Even the “Stars” that we idolized also have one, in which the public may not be known, but with the advancement of technology. They will not escape the reality that through and through their secrets will be revealed once undergone the LIE DETECTOR TEST.

By: Jennifer B. Mejia
Truth Verifier Systems, Inc.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Reliability and Admissibility of Lie Detector (Polygraph) Test

By: Melvin R. Royo

Lie Detector (Polygraph) Test has been widely used for a long time by CIA, FBI, Law Enforcement, Secret Service and best managed companies for pre-employment screening, periodic audit and specific case investigation. It is also recognized as a valuable tool for decision-making and an effective scientific investigative tool to solve various cases all over the world.

In the Philippines, lie detector is also being used by progressive companies and law enforcement agencies like Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation. However, many people are still unconvinced using it. They still ask “Is lie detector test reliable? Is it admissible in court?”

The reliability and accuracy of the test depends on the examiner, examinee and the system. The Examiner and Examinee play vital role on the reliability and accuracy of the results. Establishing a good rapport between the two is a very essential thing to be considered to have a concrete result. Just like the doctor and a patient: if either does not cooperate or play his own role, the patient’s complaint cannot be adequately treated. The examiner and the examinee should play their respective roles the best way they can. They should be both physically and mentally stable. The examinee must also cooperate and obey the instructions given by the examiner.

The examiner must project impartiality and carefully explain the purpose of the test. It is also very important that he should not stray or be lost into question areas not generally relevant to the purpose of the test or case.

And most of all, the examiner must adhere strictly to the code of ethics set by American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), the world’s oldest developer of industry standard. These standards include:

a. The Examiner must be a college graduate, has a good moral character, training on polygraphy (including psychology and physiology) and scientific interrogation.
b. The Instrument must record at least three (3) systems of the human body: Respiratory (breathing) tracing, Electrodermal (sweating) tracing and Cardiovascular (blood pressure, blood volume and pulse beat) tracing.
c. The examination must be asked with exclusive control questions, done with acquaintance/ stimulation test and at least three comparison question technique (control and relevant question) charts.
d. Results will be released based on the numerical scoring.

On the other hand, the examinee must have taken a rest with at least four to five hours sleep before taking the test. He/She should not be drunk or has not taken any prohibited drugs or medication because it will suppress the normal activity of the Central Nervous System. It is also very essential that the examinee must be free from any physical and mental abuse prior to the test. The examinee, who is pregnant of 8-9 months, is also discouraged from taking the test; and a parental consent is needed for minor examinee.

The accuracy and reliability of lie detector test is still being questioned. Many people still do not know that the lie detector test has been proven to be accurate like the Treasury Department funded experiments that showed polygraph to be 90% accurate. In more recent research, the confirmed average validity was shown to be 96%. Only 4 to 10% of the results were declared inconclusive and almost no error.

In the Unites States, most states allow the use of polygraph test results as evidence provided that both parties have agreed to their admissibility prior to the examination under the terms of conditions. On the other hand, in one US state, New Mexico, polygraph evidence is admitted in the same way as other scientific evidence.

Although lie detector test has been used in the United States and in the Asia Pacific Region for a long time, there is still no court ruling on the admissibility of polygraph evidence in any court proceedings in these countries. It will only become admissible if ruled on by the judge. However, in Japan, polygraph evidence is admissible in court.

There are few cases in the U.S. that lie detector test was considered to be admissible. The U.S. Court of Appeals declared in precedent setting decision that “the Science of Polygraph has progressed to a level of acceptance sufficient to allow the use of polygraph evidence” on the case of U.S. vs. Piccionnona in 1989. Same also with the case of William Daubert vs. Merrel Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in U.S. Supreme court sometime in 1993, in which the court adopted polygraph expert scientific testimony in federal trial. Another example is about the U.S. vs. Scheffer trial in 1998, in which the polygraph (lie detector) provides another accurate form of circumstantial evidence of consciousness of guilt and found it sufficiently reliable to be admitted.

The public’s general opinion is that the lie detector is not allowed in court proceedings under any circumstances. The fact is that the lie detector result is admissible in most courts in the US. The Supreme Court has yet to rule on the issue of admissibility so it has been up to individual jurisdictions to allow or disallow them. There are some jurisdictions that have absolute bans on admitting polygraph results, but most allow them. The judge as well is least likely to use lie detector test if it was administered by an unaccredited examiner. The simple fact is that both the plaintiff and the defendant have to agree to having the results of the test be admissible, prior to the examination being conducted. Since the results of the test are going to hurt one party and help the other, the likelihood that both parties will agree to admissibility before knowing how it will affect their case, is minimal. Because of this, results of Polygraph testing are rarely admitted as evidence

In the Philippines, polygraph evidence was first discussed by the Supreme Court in 1978 in People v. Daniel (G.R. No. L-40330 Nov. 20, 1978). In this case, the accused submitted to the trial court the results of a polygraph test to show that he was innocent of the crime of rape. After almost 12 years, the Supreme Court was confronted again with polygraph evidence in People v. Adoviso, 309 SCRA 1 (1999). Pablo Adoviso was convicted of two counts of murder by the Regional Trial Court of Camarines Sur. He was identified by two witnesses as the perpetrator of the crimes. Among the evidence offered was the testimony of a polygraph examiner of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who conducted a polygraph test on Adoviso. The polygraph examiner opined that Adoviso’s polygrams revealed that there were no specific reactions indicative of deception to pertinent questions relevant to the investigation of the crimes. Despite this finding, the trial court found Adoviso guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

In the report on the issue of the mysterious theft of a service vehicle in Camp Crame, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be giving lie detector test to 40 PNP personnel to determine the circumstances about the incidents. Reports say that the PNP Criminal Laboratory will process the results that are known to be “unreliable and ordinarily not accepted as evidence in criminal trials.” (Phil. Daily Inquirer, August 11, 2011 issue)

The use of lie detector test on this probe will be very much helpful in determining the people behind the incident. The credibility of the result, however, might be jeopardized since the investigation will be conducted within the jurisdiction. There might have a bias or delay in the releasing of the result to prolong the investigation. Hence, a third party private and reputable lie detector company would be a great choice.

Truth Verifier Systems, Inc. (TVSI) is the first and the Number 1 industrial lie detector company in the Philippines. It has four fully computerized lie detector (polygraph) instruments. Its President, Capt. Conrado G. Dumlao, decided to open such business to address the needs of the security industry to combat the growing fraud activities as well as to strengthen the pre-employment screening. Capt. Dumlao is listed as an active Professional Polygraph Examiner and International Liaison Committee Member of the American Polygraph Association, U.S.A.

TVSI was awarded by the Philippine National Police as Hall of Fame for being the most consistent recipient of Best Private Detective Agency Award. Its professional and skilled examiners also cope with the changes by continuous trainings and workshops. Established in the Philippines in 1966, it is now 45 years in quality service. It is the first ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company for lie detector testing, detective and investigative services, and training. It has also been recognized for its exemplary service, expertise, integrity and truthful reporting by numerous local associations making it also known globally.

Monday, August 15, 2011



Sapphire is a gemstone comprises of mineral called corundum. It can be found naturally, through sediments or rock formations. Just like other elements, it has its own distinct features that may outshine the rest. Mostly, it has bluish color signifies a well-balanced lifestyle in which reliability and temperament run together and always has a sense of readiness to encounter new things.

Those are some of the qualities of a Sapphire that best describe Truth Verifier Systems Inc. The company that pioneers in lie detector test in the Philippines wherein giving security services to the government and private sectors. It was founded on May 1966, a business partnership with Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Chandler F. Willliams, Capt. Conrado Dumlao and Dr. Alcyone Thor Reyes. It is a certified member of American Polygraph Association, American Society of Industrial Security, International Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and International Association of Professional Investigators & Detectives.

On its 45 years in the industry, the company received numerous awards given by reputable government and private sectors. Philippine National Police (PNP) recently awarded the company as a Hall of Famer for the Best Private Detective Agency, being the most consistent awardee in 1999, 2006 and 2007.
Like a precious Sapphire stone, TVSI has its peculiar quality that stands out the rest of its competitors. The reason why the company exists for such a long time is because each associate believe in its principle. The TVSI Secret of Success – 12 philosophies on how to attain success.

Here are the TVSI secret of success as adapted by its associates in their daily jobs:

 Honesty brings harmony in the workplace.
 The TVSI Way: Do it honestly, justly, effectively and efficiently
 Aim for excellence, zero defects
 TEAM – Together, Everyone, Achieve, Miracle.
 Perfect practice makes perfect
 Trust but verify
 Do it right the first time
 Huwag magdahilan, gumawa ng paraan (Make ways, do not make excuses)
 Always Observe: Secrecy Discipline, Compartmentalization, and Need-to-know Basis
 Mag-ingat sa mura (Beware of cheap)
 The chief is responsible for whatever his unit does or fails to do

TVSI come across triumphs and defeats but it stands still. It has well experienced associates that excel in their own field of expertise. Furthermore, it is equipped with advance technology that makes there service fast and up to date though the services cost is cheaper.

Through the years, TVSI has been assisting people with their needs for investigation and knowing the truth. It will continuously serve the public as for clamor arises.

Jennifer B. Mejia
Truth Verifier Systems, Inc.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Seminar for Graduate Executive Program of PCCr.

Last July 27, 2011, TRUTH VERIFIER SYSTEMS, INC. (TVSI) conducted a seminar entitled ‘BEST PRACTICES IN PROFILING LIARS & CHEATERS’ at 2nd Floor Cityland Building, 128 Pioneer St., 1550 Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila. The seminar features the topics about the Value of Hotline Tips Techniques, The Body Language and The Value of Lie Detection. There were 30 participants from the Graduate Executive Class of Philippine College of Criminology (PCCr)who actively take part on the said seminar.

TVSI President Captain Conrado G. Dumlao, as the main lecturer, shared his knowledge about detecting illegal activities, increasing productivity, deterring wrongdoings and bringing harmony and honesty in the workplace. The lecture was divided into 3 sub-topics,as follows:

I. The Value of Hotline Tips Techniques (Whistleblower)
• Defining and Detecting Whistle blowers
• Defining Corruption and its Status in the Philippines
• Related Cases and Articles of Corruption in the Philippines

II. Body Language (Physical and Verbal Clues of Lying)
• The Common Lying Gestures
• Three Rules for Accurate Reading
• Physical Clues of Lying
• Verbal Clues of Lying
• Statement Analysis, Evaluating Answers, Interviews

III. The Value of Lie Detector Test (Exonerate the innocent, detect the guilty)
• Applied Psycho-Physiology of Lying
• The Polygraph Machine and its components
 Process
 Accuracy
 Validity
 Reliability

The said seminar lasted for 2 hours. The participants acquired helpful techniques in relation to the field that they are taking to.

Meanwhile, Truth Verifier Systems, Inc. (TVSI) pioneers in lie detector test in the Philippines wherein they give security services to the government and private sector. The company gives seminars in detecting fraud in the workplace all over the Philippines. Most of the seminar attendees are accountants, auditor, security, administration managers, lawyers, and business from different company.

TVSI also offers in-house seminars and detective courses. For more details, please log on to or call us at +632 634-7571 and +632 634-7573.

Jennifer B. Mejia
Truth Verifier Systems,Inc.