Cancellation of passports of 3 PCSO accused sought


Rosario Uriarte

Former General Manager Rosario Uriarte. AP FILE PHOTO

A prosecutor on Thursday asked the Sandiganbayan to order the Department of Foreign Affairs to cancel the passports of three former officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) who have left the country despite  warrants issued for their arrest on charges of plunder.

In a motion for the cancellation of passports before the antigraft court’s First Division, Assistant State Prosecutor Julietta Zinnia Niduaza identified the three accused who remain at large as former General Manager Rosario Uriarte and former board directors Jose Taruc V and Ma. Fatima Valdez.

The three face arrest in connection with their alleged participation in the alleged embezzlement of P366 million in PCSO intelligence funds between January 2008 and June 2010.

Niduaza attached certifications from the Bureau of Immigration confirming the three had flown abroad.

According to the bureau, Uriarte left the country on July 8, 2012, on board Cebu Pacific Airlines Flight No. 5J807 with passport number XX2278899; Taruc on July 19, 2012, on board Cathay Pacific Airlines Flight No. CX900 with passport number XX4599189; and Valdez on June 12, 2012, on Singapore Airlines Flight No. SQ917 with passport number EBO252218.

The three are among the 10 accused, including former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now a representative of Pampanga, by the Office of the Ombudsman with plunder for supposedly having conspired to embezzle the P366 million from the PCSO.

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  • Branch_Warren

    Can we have a system whereby all with pending cases be banned from flying out? This should be tied in with their passport information and be done during immigration checks.
    Those who have money but have cases can go scot free immediately while those who “look” like wanting to be OFWs are barred from leaving the country.
    BOI, wake up.

    • blainz

      Totally agree.  The system, if there’s any, is a joke.

      I wish the Malaysian PM had employed these three.

  • palakasantayo

    These grafters have something in common with any drug dealer. Drug dealers have to have money and guns… to pay off someone and or shoot/kill someone. Grafters and a lot of politicians will have to have money and passport. Money to pay off someone and passport to get out quickly when cornered. 

  • Carmen

     Kayong mga tuta ni Pnoy sa PCSO patunayan niyo kaso niyo kung hindi niyo
    mapatunayan dapat kayo ang kasuhan ng mga taong inaakusahan niyo
    maglatag kayo ng matibay na ebidesya wag puro hearsay kasi pag wala na
    kayo sa PCSO kayo naman kakasuhan nila. Mga kinasuhan ngayon ng PCSO
    tumakbo kayo sa Korte Suprema kasi labanan ngayon ay puro pamumulitika at
    paghihiganti ni Pnoy sa mga kalaban niya!

  • Carmen

     Basta katotohanan suportado kayo ng kababaihan.Rosario Uriarte lumaban ka wag puro iyak!

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