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Morato seeks bail

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

MANILA, Philippines—Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Director Manuel L. Morato on Tuesday asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to post bail in the plunder case filed against him in connection with the alleged embezzlement of P366 million of the PCSO’s intelligence funds when he was a director.

In a 14-page motion for bail filed by his lawyer Dante Diaz, Morato said the evidence against him in the nonbailable crime was almost nil or, at the very least, weak, thus he was constitutionally entitled to post a bond.

He told the court he was not a flight risk considering that he was 78 years old, visually impaired for being totally blind in one eye and also suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

“Since personal liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution is at stake, it is but natural that the person in whose favor there is a presumption should be free to continue his normal life outside of confinement or detention in the meantime that his case is being heard,” Morato said.

Aside from Morato, nine others, including former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, have been charged with plunder in the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division for the alleged misuse of PCSO intelligence funds during the Arroyo administration.


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Tags: bail , court , embezzlement , Manuel L. Morato , Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) , Philippines , Plunder , Sandiganbayan


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    Headline : Morato seeks bail .

    It should be …Morato seeks balls !

    Manoling should be ‘man’ enough to face the consequences of his rotten acts ….

    • us_sixtycents

      Again, he is not – the good news is, you will get a full refund on your last statement.

    • bozzone

       ahehehehe

  • UrHONOR

    >>>“Since personal liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution is at stake, it is but natural that the person in whose favor there is a presumption should be free to continue his normal life outside of confinement or detention in the meantime that his case is being heard,” Morato said.<<<

    YANG constitution ay para lamang sa mga normal na tao.  Hindi sakop ng Cons ang mga abnormal.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    his itchy tongue did him all the troubles…pity for him. Just act as if you permanently lost your memory…it is believable. Withdraw all your money, borrow copters from fg, then drop them all in populous places. Looks like confetti…you have forgotten the looks of money.

  • ztefertilizerscam6

    Hoy bak-la gagawa kayo ng anomalya,ayaw niyong pagdusahan…MGA DUWAG…

  • bozzone

    hoy! manoling..ang pera kunorakot mo bigay mo sa street children.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The way he sways and glides on the floor when walking shows that he could really take off anytime—–enough evidence that he is a flight risk.

  • ROVENDINO

    “Since personal liberty as guaranteed by the Constitution is at stake, it is but natural that the person in whose favor there is a presumption should be free to continue his normal life outside of confinement or detention in the meantime that his case is being heard,” —- by this argument, lahat ng mga nakapiit ngayon na hindi pa nahatulan ay dapat pakawalan!!!  B U L L S H I T !!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    300 million pesos divided by 8 persons = 37.5 million pesos. for plunder the amount should be 50 million pesos minimum. the ombudsman had overlook this. this is simple mathematics computation.

  • dequis

    kahit magpakalunod ka pa sa tamod sa kulongan manay hwag ka nang magbail, mga titi na lang ang i-bale mo pag nando’n ka na.

  • $14334231

    huwag bigyan ng bail….ang dapat ibigay d’yan ay ball….dalawa na ang ibigay para maging balls….

  • rosamistika16

    what’s the use of the law if it can be bent after an issuance of a mere appeal due to personal reason?
    if plunder is non-bailable then bear with it!

  • GlenMJacob

    Mga abogado nga naman gagawin lahat para mapalaya kostomer nila kahit pilipitin ang batas. Kaya kailangan natin nang mga matitinong hustisya (judges) para maipanumbalik ang tiwala nang mamamayan as batas.



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