Manuel Morato in NBI’s custody

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FORMER PCSO chair Manuel “Manoling” Morato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Manuel Morato, a former official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation, radio reports said Friday midnight.

Morato is among the nine former government officials issued with a warrant of arrest on October 3 by the Office of the Ombudsman for the alleged misuse of P325 million in intelligence funds of PCSO during the administration of former president now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Morato, the reports said, is now confined at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City because of a heart problem though earlier reports said he was rushed to the hospital because of an eye ailment that needed immediate attention.

The reports said the warrant of arrest was served to Morato by NBI agents, which he read and signed.

However, radio reports added, Morato can’t be brought to prison because he is scheduled for an operation on Tuesday next week.

Morato served as one of PCSO’s board of directors during the Arroyo administration.

Arroyo was the first to be arrested on Thursday (October 4) while she was undergoing regular check-up and therapy for her neck arthritis at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Among those served with a warrant were former PCSO Chairman Sergio Valencia, General Manager Rosario Uriarte, Board Directors Raymundo Roquero, Jose Taruc V and Ma. Fatima Valdes, Assistant General Manager Benigno Aguas, former Commission on Audit Chair Reynaldo Villar and COA Region V (Bicol) head Nilda Plaras.

Taruc reportedly slipped out of the country in mid-July this year and if proved true, police said earlier he will be a subject of an international manhunt with the help of the Interpol.

Valencia and Aguas turned themselves in at the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) office on Thursday, and are now detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

PNP-CIDG chief Director Samuel Pagdilao earlier said the manhunt continues for Uriarte, Valdes, Villar and Plaras.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/boy.dalius Boy Dalius

    Sa hospital na naman. FTW

  • adikaios

    kailangan kapag may warrant of arrest may sakit? we should already have a term for this…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Save yourself Manoling kumanta ka na not unless you love jailbirds. We know you were just tools of Mike Arroyo. Look at Mike, he’s just laughing at you with all the money that you got for him!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

       GMA and all her cohorts are now being hunted and arrested.  But what about the mastermind Big Mike Arroyo?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

        Don’t worry mahuhuli din yan kasama ng dalawang boys nila, si Mikey at Dato. Para maka-discount silang apat – Gloria, Mike, Mikey, at Dato – I suggest they get confined in a ward instead of individual rooms at St. Luke’s. Mas mura kaysa single rooms! Hahahaha! Pa-kastila-kastila pa, pala puros kawatan lang pala silang apat. 

  • CheapJ

    Good news. To all those who were involved in ransacking the coffers  of the government, it’s payback time.

  • us_sixtycents

    Of course, he needs good set of eyes specially when taking several compromising and questionable late evening showers…. in jail.

  • Barak_O

    eye ailment?!

    rare disease

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Eye ailment?  One needs not be confined in a hospital for eye ailment.  There are prisoners who are blind languishing in prison.  This cry baby must be thrown in jail.

  • richard ortega

    para madaling yumaman magtatayo na ako ng hospital para sa mga magnanakaw ng gobyerno puro ensuit ang kwarto ng makabawi sa mga pesteng yan.
     

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7IIC6GU2QSTZTLKW7N2WWZMIIU Jenny

      Wag na….ayan na nga ung SAINT LUKES … hospital ng mga magnanakaw ng pera ng bayan! Saint Lukes kasi ang patron ng mga magnanakaw at mandarambong!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    ..nagkakasakit na naman?!!!! aba magaling din umarte a… kulong ka morato..ang yabang mo ng time ni gma…

  • jamesgeorge

    Ang daming nagkakasakit pag me warrant of arrest na! Pero nung kumukubra at nagdidispalko ng pera, sobrang lakas at good and jolly mood! Walang inatupag kungdi mag-tour sa buong mundo at ang gusto sa Holy Land! Paano kaya yon, ninakaw mo pera, tapos nagpapakabanal ka? Gloria, mag-prepare ka ng maraming neck braces at mahaba-habang neck bracing ang gagawin mo ngayon! hala rally na ang mga taga-Lubao, mga makasariling alipores ng mandarambong na pamilya!

  • ryan andres

    don’t drop the soap, Manoling Bading!

    oh wait… gusto mo nga pala yun…

  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Tsk Tsk Tsk, malamang netoh ang allocation/budget ng gobyerno sa “WHEELCHAIRS” san damak mak na. Kailangan may public bidding at transparency, kasi siguradong magkaka TONGPATS.  Ha ha ha ha…ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES… o baka naman hindi kasama sa budget, nako diversion sigurado kalalabasan. Haybu in our beloved COUNTRY!  Maghain na sana ang Tongreso/Senatong ng batas para magkaroon ng CYBER WHEELCHAIR….mga taragis kayong corrupt. Pagka nga daw may inaarestong POLITIKO/Cabinete o sa anumang bahagi/empleyado ng gobyerno eh ang dala ng mga kinakaukulan eh ambulansya at wheelchair, hindi posas o baril! ha ha ha ha ha…..automatic na iyon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    Bakit ang mga bata ni Arroy tuwing aarestuhin ay may mga sakit at confined sa hospital.  Pare sila ng amo nilang si GMA na ang karamdaman ang laging dahilan.  I’d like to see Manuela in prison where she can enjoy the hospitality of the male prisoners there. Oras na ng paghuhukom sa inyo at magsisi na kayo sa mga kasalanan ninyo sa bayan.

    • sanjuan683

      Bakit si ABNOY mo wala nga sa ospital pero may topak mas delikado yo!!! hehehehhhe kasi naman hindi puede si Abnoy sa loob ng ospital dahil magpapanick ang mga pasyente hehehehe

  • boybakal

    Are these Sandigan Justices know what they are doing.
    The trend is…. If you are an Arroyo, you will land in jail.

    • thewhitehorse

      Kasi mga kawatan sila nong nada poder pa sila.. Di naman mahirap intendihin yon eh… Si mike arroyo smuggler kasama kabit nyang si vicky toh…

  • brownsaint

    sorry for us all :(

  • boshog

    funny lahat ng arestado may sakit.  st, lukes na naman ang safe haven.

  • anak_mahirap50

    Pag nagkabukuhan na at ikukulong na- nagkakasakit! Pero pag nageenjoy sa mga nakukulimbat nila sa pera ng bayan, wala clang pakialam. Ipakulong lahat ang nangulimbat ng pera ng bayan para wala ng gumaya sa darating na panahon. Matagal ng naghihirap ang taong bayan dahil sa mga mangungulimbat na ito!

    • sanjuan683

       Bakit si ABNOY mo nasa labas ng ospital na may topak mas delikado yo buhaaaaaa
      yo delikado yo hehehehehe

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYGFHD364DW7G2EQAPWADY4P7I Renato

        Ha ha. Dapat si Abnoy magnakaw na rin para lahat sila dyan ay kulimbat. It’s more fun in the Philippines.

      • anak_mahirap50

        Talagang may topak si Abnoy, kasi kung wala cyang topak, dapat maraming na cyang pera mula sa mga corruptors na maglalagay sa kanya para di nya na habulin sa korte ang mga corruptors! lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORE6TJE6P6XQVDLBR42L76HCJA Brul

    BAKLANG , MAG NANAKAW!! KAPAL MUKHA.

  • jiroarturo

    Mapupuno na ang St Lukes niyan sa daming nagsasakitan. 

  • omangat

    Morato: Ay hindi ako pwede ikulong kasi may sakit ako sa mata. Nakakaloka etech!
    Ate Glo: ‘Wag eye ailment dapat yung medyo nakakaawa.”
    Morato: Sige na nga sakit sa puso na lang.. Churva!
    hahahaha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_33F2YGATEGIZRTVBF7LIMQV22Y james

    New business venture in the Philippines. Fast ROI.

    Invest your money in a new wheelchair manufacturing business.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYGFHD364DW7G2EQAPWADY4P7I Renato

    Ha ha! Pamarisan sana kayo ng iba para magnanakaw na kayong lahat na mga tauhan ng Gobyerno. It’s more fun in the Philippines.

  • UrHONOR

    Manoling, Manoling, my dear darling,
    Huwag mong mamasamain ang dating
    Ng tadhana na ubod ng pakla.
    Bayad yan sa yong mga ginawa.

    Nais mong makita ebidensya,
    Ng mga bintang sa iyo noon pa.
    Mahirap mo talagang makita,
    Malabo na ang yong mga mata.

    Kahit na si Ginang Glori-etta,
    Tinuturo kang isang kasangga,
    Sa paglusob sa kaban ng bayan,
    Na yong ginamit sa kapalpakan.

    Sapul na, ilag ka pa ng ilag.
    Kitang-kita naman ang paglaglag,
    Sayo at ng iyong mga dilag.
    Huwag ng pumalag na parang dalag.

    Bakit di ka na lang kumanta,
    Sa Karaoke ng bayang sinta.
    Kung gusto mo sumbong mo kay Tulfo,
    Para maka-iwas ka sa gulo.  

    • Guest

      Isa ka sa dakilang makata ng Inquirer, UrHonor. Saludo kaming humahanga.

    • indiots

      ha ha ha ha…. very intertaining… ha ha ha i like it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

      I’m not familiar with the evidence against Morato, but I clicked “Liked” to your posting because I’m quite impressed with your talent to compose effortlessly a poem that’s not only replete in substance but also rhymes naturally.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7QZGSD2PKH75PUIZY5TVTQJKTI Broton

      ha,ha,ha!!! hi,hi,hi!!! ang ganda talaga sa tulang ito, nakakaaliw! . . . pero di kaya subject for cybercrime ang tulang ito?

    • Himagsik

      Bravo sa tula .. ang galing galing !! mabuhay ka uRhOnor !!  masahol ka Morato !!! kabayaran na yan ng mga kasalanan mo bakling !! 

  • jan_piter

    Ok na ok “UrHONOR” huwag kalimutan ang LP sa darating na halalan..cgurado maraming ka pang itutula.. he, he, he..

  • binatangtagabukid

    saksakan na yan ng lahat na gamot na pwde para wala ng dahilan

  • simondj

    dapat magkaroon ng maraming branch ang St. Luke s Hospital.

    • Kabayan128

      St. Lukes Branches sa tabi ng mga Government Agencies Office..hahaha

    • indiots

      he he he

  • Htee

    WILL SOMEBODY ORDER EIGHT MORE WHEELCHAIRS PLEASE….

    • indiots

      he he he

  • yyzxyz

    Why don’t you just take a suicide pill to get it over with?  All of a sudden he has a heart problem; f_cking liar!  He was not having health issues when he was looting the coffers…rotten garbage.

  • joeybg

    KUNG TOTOO ANG HEART PROBLEM NI MORATO , SANA PABAYAAN NA LANG ATAKIHIN SA PUSO AT HUWAG MAMATAY DAHIL MAS MAGANDA KUNG PARALISADO PARA MAGDUSA ANG KAWATAN…… IMBESTIGAHIN DIN SANA SI BALUGA AT ANG BUONG PAMILYA NIYA.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WN5TKEXEJ2VHQVNGP2CJEDLJH4 Jess

      sINO PO YUNG bALUGA?

      • VicenteBoticol

        Baluga? Eh dba si Senator Sotto Copya na Plagiarist yun?

      • joeybg

        Si Baluga ay ang biglang yumaman sa Makati at ang pamilya niya na nakapuwesto sa gobyerno.
        Subject: [inq-newsinfo] Re: Manuel Morato in NBI’s custody

  • Guest

    Bisto na ng taongbayan kapag ang isang mandarambong ay siguradong nagkasala. Lipad sa ibang bansa o biglang may malubhang sakit. Talaga naman sagad ang kapal ng mukha at maitim na budhi, hindi lang sa mismong panloloko sa kanilang pamilya, at lalo na sa kapwa. “Masahol pa sa hayop at malansang isda”. Dapat ibalik ang bitay para lang sa kanilang sukdulang kawalanghiyaan.

  • yesyesyo

    Be responsible manoling. kung wala kang kasalanan lalabas din yan sa huli. For now, face the music. Luhod sabay nganga!!!

  • kipbuts

    All accused of graft and corruption in the government of under PGMA have but one alibi: they are ill and need not be incarcerated like common criminals but in hospital as patient with serious ailments? Presidente PNoy naman, di ba inuuto ka lang sa mga taong ito?

  • Carlos Santiago

    ang bagong kangkongan ng mga walang hiya..ospital!

  • noelpogi

    Sa tingin ko maoospital yan lahat na kawatan na yan.  D bale magpapagawa ako ng prison hospital.

  • ztefertilizerscam6

    HOY BAKLA ihanda mo na P U W I T MO sa kulongan…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERYK6RW4FOEBXRI57VFLDESWR4 Salvador J.

    kURAKOTITIS!  ang bagong sakit ng mga ilang tao naka-confined ngayon sa mga hospital.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    6/42,  6/45, 6/55
    I caught a fish alive.
    6-digit, 4-digit, EZ2
    Manuela Morato!

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Morato will be in heaven once he gets jailed. Just imagine ang daming kelot na pipilahan siya.

  • $14334231

    sana ay dagdagan mo pa
    magiting na makata
    itong si manoling
    ay malapit ng maduling.

    kaya bago mag-dalawa
    ang kanyang paningin
    sabihin mo sa kanya,
    sa bilibid na lang,
    s’ya ay magpagaling.

    ikaw urhonor
    ay isa ring balagtas
    kaya hayaan mo ako
    na magpugay sa iyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    I’m 100% sure that if the suspect is poor and not influential then the police or NBI would have already dragged him or her straight to the jail, sick or not sick.

    This unfair treatment between the poor and rich is really disgusting and should be put to an end. I think CJ Sereno and the SC should remedy this situation asap to get back the public’s trust to our justice system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.dumalag Donald Barba Dumalag

    ANG YABANG MO DATI MORATO! AYAN YOUR TIME HAS COME! MY LONG WAIT IS OVER! TO SEE MORATO UNDER ARREST WITH GMA..IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THEY ABUSED THE FUND.. KUNG MAG SALITA KA PARANG ANG LINIS LINIS MO… MAG INGAT KA SA KULUNGAN MURATO..
     

  • Himagsik

    ANG MURA MO MORATO … NOON KUNG MAG SALITA KA AKALA MO KUNG SINO KANG APOG, NGAYON ANG ALIBI MO AY ANG DAMI NG SAKIT MO.  ANG BAKLA MADALDAL, PERU PAG INRESTO TAMIMI AT IIYAK. WALA KA PALANG K EH!  WALA KA NG KAWALA MURA-TO HINDI KA MAKA PYANSA.  AY NAKU KURAKOT NA BAKLA YAN ANG MAPAPALA MO!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7FFCQNX2TROQZQS3DJRDTWMQDE abot

    Talagang ibang-iba na talaga ang Pilipinas. Dati-rati kung ang tao ay nagkasala, tatakbo sila sa simbahan at mangungumpisal, ngayon  tumatakbo sila sa ospital.

  • regd

    Don’t forget to bring ‘safeguard’. You also don’t need toothpaste, your fellow inmates will provide. Guarantee you’ll enjoy it there.

    • popeyee

      alam na alam  mo a…

  • VicenteBoticol

    Bakit ba lahat na Alipores ni GMA ay magpa Ospital pag may Warrant of Arrest? GMA,Abalos,Morato,Mike Arroyo,Ampatuan,Renato Corona,Iggy Arroyo,Genuino,General Garcia,General Ligot,Jok2 Bolante,Romulo Neri etc……Bkit kaya?

  • ROVENDINO

    However, radio reports added, Morato can’t be brought to prison because he is scheduled for an operation on Tuesday next week. — Anong operation? magpapatuli ba to?????

    There should be a law against using the hospital as a sanctuary. And against those doctors that give false diagnosis….

    Seriously anyone still buy this s h i t  they’re doing!?!??!!

    Lahat na lang ng mga inaaresto na may pera sa hospital punta….gobyerno pa ang gagastos….

    Wala bang accredited doctor ang gobyerno na puwede magbigay ng tunay na diagnosis??? yung hindi bayaran!!!

  • regie

    Mukhang mahihirapan silang lumusot sa kasong ito kasi ang nagdecide ng probable cause eh Sandiganbayan…

  • john mark santos

    siguro next time dapat nakalagay sa warrant of arrest:

    No medical requirements needed or
    bawal ang palusot

    para derecho sa ordinaryong kulungan

  • breakingbad_ww

    Breaking News:  Manoling Morato cannot be arrested because he is set to undergo a “sex change” operation.

  • santamaria_63

    Bakit ang mga corrupt ‘pag may sala at inaaresto ay papunta St. Lukes? Like FG, Gloria, Bolante and others. 

  • Handiong

    The scoundrels are on the run. Well, they can run, but they cannot hide. The long arm of the law will eventually catch up with them.

  • john mark santos

    Manolina: hoy bruha bail out mo naman ako 
    VMMC resident: gusto mo i-choke kita dyan, ang lake na ng kinita mo saken
    Manolina: taray, para sana tulad kay Grace, inggit ako
    VMMC resident: e non-bailable offense natin, sabe ko naman sayo wag ka madaldal
    Manolina: hala, pano na kame ni papa
    VMMC resident: magsakit sakitan ka na lang muna
    Manolina: o sige punta ko veterans
    VMMC resident: wag dito, andito nako, St. Lukes ka na lang
    Manolina: sabe ni doc, mata daw ang sakit ko
    VMMC resident: wag yun, dapat medyo malubha. sa puso na lang
    Manolina: ok , pahiram wheelchair ha

  • rapas_gamrud

    How I wish isunod na si BULAnTE at GARCING.

  • RomyLitz

    Those looters and plunderers are exposing their hidden wealth by getting sick at the most expensive hospitals like St. Luke or Makati Medical Center. They don’t need to fake or pretend serious illness, but all they have to do is admit their wrongdoings and return all the billions of peso to the government. This way, forgiveness and compassion have the chance to precipitate in the people’s mind, otherwise, wheelchairs and neck braces are the menu of the day in the newspapers.

  • RiverHorse

    saan ba nanggaling itong si morato??? dati pa sya nde gusto ng madlang peeepul nung mtrcb chairman pa sya. kung bakit ba naman binalik pa sa gubyerno yan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Sa mga nagmalupit daw ng  Jews during WWII, kahit naka wheel chair nangangamoy lupa nililitis at pinapa kulong kung guilty. Ganito na nga ba ang nalikhang gubiyerno ng Pilipinas? kunting himas nalang mayroon na tayong makitang maipa kulong si Pinoy. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    What if they cannot prove this plunder case and the reputation of the suspect has already been ruined? I believe Morato is a decent guy. He is now a victim of persecution. It’s election season. So some people have to be sacrificed in the altar of politics.

    • regie

      believe me sir the justices who have found probable cause are beyond the realm of politics. strictly apolitical and they are beyond reproach. in fact most of them were appointed by GMA. it is not up to the courts to feel sympathy or follow their biases.they are mandated to strictly interpret the law and give the guidelines on how it will be implemented. let’s give the sandiganbayan the benefit of the doubt…

    • Saloi-CDR

      …me virus ka yata sa utak vir_a. hindi ka makag-isip. o talagang walang isip.

  • g219h

    Nacorda and Medici of PCSO Cebu will be next.

    If their conscience is clear, they should not worry.

  • cute79

    uso ang wheelchair ngayon!st luke at medical city ang paboritong ospital ng mga magnanakaw.mamahalin pero barya lang yan sa milyon -milyong nanakaw ng mga buwaya!

  • kulittwit

    Morato is facing another case of electioneering. that one is a tight case too with well-documented evidence that include tv footages.

    Slowly but surely, morato will pay for his excesses. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    make sure may carry on na vaseline si ate manoling. mukhang makunat na ang “behind” nyan.

  • Ben Smith

    Fake illness. Yan ang mga Lumang tugtugin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WEBQQWQDFI3HXAMQFTUHVVUHNU ame mojica

    Naku mawawala ang yabang ni Morato. Sa St Luke’s Hospital na naman katulad noon ni GMA. Siguro dalhin yan sa Veterans Hospital at tingnan kung ano naman ang sakit hm hm?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBIZ5ZTCHCIQ7PILRDPH5EWWMY Fernando

    This is an example of how decided P’noy is in going after corrupt goverment officials. This is a way by which the Filipino people’s trust in the government will come back. We hope that the Office of the Ombudsman will do its job. 

    What a pity that the great name Macapagal was tainted by the deeds of his daughter, which presumably was greatly influenced by the First Gentleman

    There is one more important case that the President should solve before his term expires. And that is the Mindanao Massacre whose victims are crying for justice. This case should not lag behind as “justice delayed is justice denied” in law parlance. 

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