Ailing Morato shows up in court


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

Ailing former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Director Manuel Morato on Thursday appeared at the Sandiganbayan for his arraignment on plunder charges, which was postponed for a third time pending the Supreme Court decision on Morato’s petition to stop the proceedings.

Morato’s arraignment was postponed twice before for health reasons. He underwent a heart bypass operation last Oct. 22 at the St. Luke’s Medical Center where is he is currently on hospital arrest under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation.

Morato was given 10 more days before being made to appear in court again while a possible temporary restraining order from the high court is awaited.

His lawyer, Dante Diaz, said it would be moot and academic to have the arraignment while there is a pending petition to the stop the proceedings at the high tribunal.

Justice Efren de la Cruz, the chair of the 1st Division, has rescheduled the arraignment for Dec. 3.

Morato, who looked frail, was in a wheelchair when he appeared in court.

He is one of the 10 accused in a plunder case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against former President and  Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other former officials of the PCSO and the Commission on Audit in connection with the alleged misuse of some P366 million in PCSO funds by the previous administration.

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  • green_archer09

    Oh well…with Manoling’s penchant for antics,  what else is new? 

  • indiosbravos2002

    Another wheelchair act. Walang bagong gimmick?

  • Ping Gonzales

     Thanks for your appearance in the 3rd sched for arraignment at sa trial kumanta ka na sa hustong tuno para malaman ng kawawang pinoys kun saan at sinong nakinabang sa PCSO intellegence funds bago man lang tayo mawawala dito sa mundo, iyon lang manoling

    • spider69

      correct,,,,,,,,,sing to the right tune. konting tulog na lang at mawawala ka na sa mundo. kaya tell the real story to clean your soul para hindi ka pabalikin ni San Pedro. Look what happen to Ana Manalastas.

      • Ding

        Di bale sana kung maging si Lenny Villa siya sa pagbabalik niya, tutal naging SLIGHT PHYSICAL INJURIES naman ‘yung HOMICIDE niya.

  • vince_bugaboo

    “ailing morato….
    ‘kala ko Aling Morato, ngik!

    • batangpaslit

      sobra naman…’di naman mata ang ginamit mong basahin eh

  • Hey_Dudes

    He appeared in court aided by the Gloria Makapal Arrovo wheelchair syndrome!

  • bongarroyo

    headlines sa mga pahayagan…..”wheelchair gang umatake na naman”…lol

  • ThudOthwacker

    Remember his fictitious lotto tv program? Made to be true story to enticed poor folks to place their hopes and aspirations on lotto betting. 

    Remember also during Ramos times where lotto jackpot prizes went up to hundreds of million pesos in weeks with no winners? And then out of the blue, someone hit the jackpot. No photo and no name to show proof if that persons really exist. We’ll just have to take his words for it. Since his highly religious and morally righteous.And remember that Erap casino tape he exposed? The innocent CCTV operator is still missing up to this day!

    Several years ago his 1 billion pesos hotel in Makati was foreclosed and bought by a Malaysian company. The same company that supply lotto machine in the 90’s. And the contract was renewed without public bidding. While he was a director in PCSO. Question is how did he raised a collateral to match the loan?

  • eirons1043

    The judiciary should have taken judicial notice by now that the use of wheelchair is a sign of an attempt to escape or guilt by any accused and Manoling is using it to the max. Kaya pala tumatagal ang mga kaso kasi ang korte walang common sense. Nasa SC as usual na naman ang bola eh simpleng delaying tactic lang eh hindi pa madesisyonan agad- ano ba yan.

    • linobog

      Pandak Gorya strategy…. wheelchair, St. Luke, helmet, etc

  • Danilo Navarro

    kung meron tour of luzon ng mga beseklita dapat din meron mga whellchair..he he he

  • Ernesto

    Ano namang kabansutan! May sakit na’t lahat pero ayos pa rin ang peluka. O ano Manoling, mag- Ingglis ka!

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    What a WASTE to Live..full of wits and bravado when (s)he was young, but now that (s)he is near the finish line…crumbled, defeated, and shamed. That`s what happened to corrupt, selfish and unfair inhuman public servants. REAP WHAT YOU SOW, MORATO.

  • Noel

    ALING Morato ?  Bakit hindi tinawag na Manang o Ate ?

    • marionics


    • Kamatis Tomato

      It’s a pronunciation guide for word “Aleng” in Morato’s favorite language. 

  • tiburara74

    very brilliant talaga magsinungaling at dumiskarte tong mga lawyers (liars) nitong mga kurakot na to – mataas ang sugar level; between life and death ang inartistang karamdaman certified naman ng mga dorobong doktor kagaw; wheelchair travelogue; hospital arrest; at marami pang iba.  Sa susunod na nito kung hindi makalusot at siguradong makalaboso, iimbento na naman ng diskarteng pekeng insanity.  Buti nga ng mapasok na sila kaagad sa kulungan  ng mga baliw at sira ulo tong mga kurakot na to. Hirap lang baka pasukin na naman ito ng sindikatong ala NBP style bilang panibagong negosyo para sa nagpepekeng sira ulong mga kriminal na big time kurakot.

  • marionics

    ailing bigla ang puki ng ina hahaha

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


      pero,  di naman siguro elective surgery yung bypass…. so, give the benefit of the doubt.

      bakit ba ang pino prosecute yung mga may sakit o sobrang tanda na. bakit di nila i prosecute yung mga batang kriminal.

      • marionics

        but they do. it just doesn’t make the headlines here. tignan mo yung mga tabloid he he

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        oo, pero, one time spur of the moment, sensationalized headlines pag tabloid.

        ang gusto ko sa tabloid nababasa ko na sa mga tulad ng Pantasya DOT com (defuct) at mga similar sites. pag ingles ASSTR DOT ORG

        buti pa si idol Heyden ano… at least nasa broad sheet, hindi tabloid.


  • jlarcilla

    WHEEL CHAIR na naman? Palagi na lang ganyan for the rich and powerful.   Pwede  ba ELECTRIC CHAIR naman?

    • Gene

      nagpa-practice lang sila sa wheelchair… hehehehe… dry run, ‘ika nga.

  • boypalaban

    dapat ang silya niyan may nakakabit na kuryente…as in wheelchair convertible to electric chair…para di na makahada yang lalakerang magnanakaw na yan…musta na kaya ang baby niyang si gibo giba teodoro?

  • Hey_Dudes

    There can be no doubt Gloria Makapal Arrovo is the country’s top trend setter.  When she demonstrated her expertise in how to loot and clean the act, almost everyone highly connected and influential learned her tricks of the trade instantly. Nagkanya-kanyang nakow lahat ang studyantes niya.  When the same GMA got caught and ordered to explain her klepto desease, she showed her students the art of going to the hospital to seek refuge they did well too that is why no one has yet to be transferred to Muntinglupa prison.  GMA was also the authority in the art of fleeing and ducking criminal liabilities by staging sickness and sitting on a wheelchair.  Corona did well and did not forget what he learned.  Morato is the latest to graduate and many more will be showing up soon in wheelchairs.  Malakas ang bentahan ng wheelchairs ngayon sa Pinas.

  • boypalaban

    medyo out of topic pero pwede na rin….

    sa mga proRH,… yang gaya ng hayup na Morato na yan ang sisihin ninyo…kung yung ninakaw niyan at ng mga kampon ni gloriarrovo ay in-invest para sa mga pangkabuhayan…sana magkakaroon ng mga trabaho at magiging busy ang mga sinasabing mahihirap na anak lang ng anak…at marami pang ibang magagandang benepisyo sana…pero ninakaw ng kampon ni gloriaswang kasama na si tsupaero morato…

  • unleadedzeppelin

    Wheelchair Gang known worldwide as the most notorious robbery holdup and plunderers. All members are known to have fetish for wheelchair and use it to escape the “short” and long arm of justice. The members are also masochist and will readily slice up their bodies when sensing danger of arrest.

  • Maldi2

    For sure the guy is sick and no antics.  It’s absurd to say, just like what Panot said  that all those that were accused are now becoming wheelchair bound.  It’s pathetic accusation. There are many others who flatly faced Sandigan Bayan not necessarily on wheelchair.

    If we go back to history, Ninoy the good father of Panot was real sick and for humanitarian reason, was allowed by FM to undergo medical examination outside of the country.  Ngayon, masahol pa kay HItler, parang naka-kadena lahat ng kalaban at kritiko ni Panot.

    • dako

      hmmm….gloria na gloria ka ah……or hater ka lang talaga ni pnoy?……Baba ng tolerance level mo kay “panot”..pero sa magnanakaw nagiging softee ka…….

    • kishbuff

       Hahaha, kasabwat ka ba ng mga mangungulimbat? Wheelchair antics!!!!

    • Gene

      kung kakakalkalin mo ang kaso ng hinawakan ng sandigang bayan na naging wheelchair bound ang accused, mas mataas nga ang percentage ang maraming hindi umarte. itong mga ito ang cream of the crop. sila ‘yung hindi natutuwa lang sa pisikal na yaman, kundi sa dami ng numero sa bank accounts nila.

      malamang nasa payroll ka ng mga makapa(ga)l-aroyo ano? o isa ka sa admin ng Library of Controversial Files na pinopondohan nila.

      another theory ay bakla ka rin na naging ehem ni ehem. which one, dudette?

    • ever green

      Wrong comparison, not the same situation in history, not the same crime. Are you even already alive then in Ninoy’s time????

  • Albin

    Kahit i-research pa ng mga dilawan, napaka-yaman na ni Morato at pamilya niya noon pa man. Kaya kalokohan na kasuhan siya ng plunder kasama 9 na iba pa, kung total amount ay P300million, bale 30miln each? E 50miln bago maging plunder.

    • Mel

      You don’t divide the total cost of the plunder case by the number of accused.

      • wawangpenoy

         Huwag ka ng magpaliwanag. Pag tanga tanga na talaga. Nagmamarunong pa kasi eh. Hoy Albin, ikaw ba si Sotto o si Lapid?

      • k

        hindi si lapid yan.tahimik lang si lapid kahit bobo kaya di pumapalpak.malamang si sotto…

      • ever green

        kawawa naman si leon guerrero….wala na ngang ginagawa tinitira pa rin….hahahahahahaha….lol….

    • Kamatis Tomato

      Si Miguel ang yaman pero nagbenta pa rin ng secondhand na helicopter sa PNP at si Mikey nanghiram ng Pajero. As they say it in the movies “the world is not enough”.  

  • boypalaban

    listahan ng mga may kaso na may pekeng sakit:

    mike arrovo
    renato corovo
    general garcia
    leandro mendoza
    manang manoling

    pakidagdagan na lang po…
    di ko na maalala yung ibang may ganyang style…ang PANGHI ng mga style…PWE!

  • kishbuff

    Istayl mo, BULOK! Bumenta na yan dati. Di na uubra ngayon!!!!!

  • kishbuff

    Nabawasan ang katabilan ng bibig nitong si ate!

  • $29483279

    Welcome to the WHEEL CHAIR CLUB:

    Permanent office: Saint Lukes Hospital
    Branch office: Veterans Memorial Hospital

    Mike Arroyo — –                             Founder
    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo——   Presiden for life & Branch office Guard
    Joc Joc Bolante     ————–   Member
    Renato Corona ————- Member
    Benjamin Abalos  ————–   Member
    Manuel Morato       ————-     New Member & PRO & Muse daw
    Ampatuan Sr.         ————-      Member

    Still accepting membership. Qualification for membership?

    Obvious ba?

    • Jude

      ill post in my fb kasi nakakatawa…paalam ko lang.

      • eric

        basta don’t forget to cite kaloykoykoy as your source. pra iwas sa pangso-sotto :)

      • $29483279

         okey na okey lang. Basta hindi ikaw si sotto san. Oki oki. Basta blogger to blogger we should feel free to post anything we want.

    • Fred Mil

       loko… MUSE si MORATO!!!

      • $29483279

         Oo nga pala, muse and PRO, madada kasi ang dalahirang ito. Ty, Fred

  • “TwiNex”

    Hahahaa..ang dradrama talga ng mga puny-ta…lalo na tong baklang ito..ayan sa wheelchair nanaman kumapit… Amoy lupa na nga kayo ni abalos ubod pa kayo ng sinungaling..akala niyo kasi wala ng bubuwag pa sa inyo..ngayon nakahanap kayo ng katapat na pangulo… susmiyo naman… ako mismo ang puputol sa ulo ko kung totoong wala kayong ginawang kabalbalan sa pagcor… com’ girl enough bading…. walang maniniwala sa mga kabaklaan mo… magsama-sama kayo lahat…

    • sigena

      si punyeto noynoy mo drama sin. ubo ng ubo

      • Ozamis7

         Huh??? pero hindi na ka wheelchair di ba??? matapang pa at lumalaban kahit nagiisa…hindi tumahimik…tapos ikaw filipino ka…kinantyiwan mo pa presidente mo…eh anong labas mo ngayon…BASTOS…

      • $29483279

         Naubusan ka na ba ng sasabihin? Walang laman ang sinabi mo ah. Ito ba ang laman ng utak mo? Ligo ka muna iha ha?

  • eric

    Ang unang basa ko sa article title “Aling” Morato…

    • ever green


  • boybakal

    Common sense…Morato is 80 years old, super senior citizen, waiting for St.Peter roll call.
    Came from rich and prominent family way back.
    I am sure, he has no family to feed.
    What would be the motive for him to get enriched and plunder those alleged millions of PCSO charity fund, easy money fund….NONE, NADA.
    The accusations are all publicity stunt.
    Morato has helped more people than anyone of us.
    Plunder is a blunder of blender cooker ….niluluto lang.

    • Ozamis7

       Who said he has no family to feed, he have many boys to support, maybe you are one of them, just by your name “boybakal” means matigas…uummmpp…Hayuuuppp…khayooo… mga charuuuttt… magdussaa na khayooo..halipaarruut…uummmppp  ummm… mabilaukan ka sana Aling Murato AKA Buratmu

      • boybakal

         Baka ikaw ay isang gutom na bayot kaya inggit na inggit kay Morato.
        Ikaw yon tinatawag na gutom na bakla, walang malamon, tunggak.

    • ever green

      kung accessory ka sa isang conspiracy / crime, di ba parang ikaw na rin ang gumawa?

    • darsmith

      Rich, senior citizen, came from prominent family? Yes he is.  This maybe the very reasons why he went along in approving the PCSO anomalous transactions. He would like to ride in the sunset with his riches intact and his family name protected.  Going against Arroyo during his PCSO stint would surely mean trouble, not only to his pocket, but also to his reputation who can be easily tainted by the publicity-making machine of Arroyo (he can be easily demolished given his dubious sexual orientation). That would have been doubly difficult for him considering he is in his twilight stage.

      Remember that Morato was the one who exposed the gambling video of Estrada and Atong Ang, which was given to him by Edgar Bentain.  When Estrada became president and Bentain disappeared (presumably abuducted and salvaged), bumahag ang buntot ni Manoling at nakipag-ayos kay Estrada.  Manoling is the type of guy who will sell his soul to the devil to save himself.  Nagkamali nga lang siya ng dinikitan, probably assuming that the Arroyo’s will continue its hold of power.  The very reason why he openly supported Bibo Teodeoro’s candidacy, which we all know was the Arroyo’s card during the last presidential election.

      Now, is this publicity stunt? Certainly, not “luto” as what you are saying in giving credence to your attempt to be cute in tongue-twisting the definition of plunder.       

    • BawalAngReklamador

      GREED ang tunay na rason kabayan..

    • Noel

      What would be his motive?  He obeyed GMA’s order.  He was used by GMA.  Another reason is so as not to touch his family’s wealth, he needs other income to sustain his lifestyle that of supporting his male lovers.


    Kung akusado na, may mga sakit na… kung nasa poder pa, ang lalakas!!!! lumang tugtugin na ito. KASUHAN, LITISIN… KUNG GUILTY IKULONG SA BILIBID.

  • Gene

    sacrifice the queen.

  • garapata

    Kapag may sakit sa mag enroll na sa St Peter.

  • Love God

    Mr. Morato, by seeing your present situation and the critical side of your health one can understand that your days on earth are coming to an end pretty soon.

    The best thing for you to do is: 

    Tell the truth and repent.

    God may forgive you.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Ang mas importanteng tanong ay ito.  Ng dumulog si Morato sa korte, siya ba ay nakasuot ng lampen or tanging medyas lang ang nakatapal sa katawan? Sa susunod na dudulog yan muli sa korte hindi lang naka-wheelchair kungdi me tanikala na rin sa leeg tulad ni Ate Glue mangdurukot.

  • virgoyap

    Suddenly he became ill. All of a sudden his ailing heart sings: foul!!!

  • Jun

    wala dapat maawa…

  • Michael

    WheelChair n naman?? Dios mio..Kumita na yang ganyang eksena boy..

  • JosengSisiw1

    He’s from Arroyo camp sickness are their alibi. We will see more of them all coming in the wheelchairs. LOL.

  • mulanay

    Ang friendly payo ko lang kay Miss Manoling, umamin ka na para hindi ka na pahirapan pa. After all, maraming torotot sa Munti. Enjoy it.

  • spelster

    akalain mo ba nman, WHEELCHAIR and ST LUKES for the accussed! kulang pa ng neckbrace. kelangan pa bang i-memorize yan?!

  • Ronald Diaz

    Again WHEEL CHAIR na naman ang ALIBI  ng mga inut?l na gov’t employees.. ideretso na yan sa bilangguan. Walang puwang sa mga yan para bigyan ng pagkakataon.

  • NYPinoy

    wheel chair?!?

  • opinyonlangpo

    Obviously this guy is a pawn used by somebody else, a collateral damage by a much bigger party. Maybe better if he becomes a state witness, unfortunately he seems not to have balls.

  • Flavio

    ito’ng si manoling kung kailan sinasampahan ng kasong pluner doon pa nagpatuli maligtas lang sa kulungan !

  • boybakal

    Walang patawad talaga tong gobyernong to.
    Sa tanda na ni Manoling, gagawa pa ba yan ng kabulastugan.
    Common sense lang yan….di ba ang katulad ni Manoling gustong gusto sa presohan daming preso.
    Bat ayaw niya, it means di talaga siya guilty.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    The wheelchair business is booming. Could somebody let me know which companies in the stock market sell them?

    • boybakal

      You don’t need that stock company that sells wheelchair.
      But you will need a wheelchair pretty soon, caregiver and hospital bed.
      As they say, don’t make fun of wheel chair, wheel chair is there to help the disabled.
      For now, you have disabled mind, pretty soon disabled body parts.
      Itaga mo yan sa bato or in English….stone sharpener.

  • kimo211

    naka makeup ba? hindi  mapansin  sa  photo!

  • OneDelaX

    i thought the title is “Aling Morato Shows Up in Court”.

  • George

    looking for a pinoy who wants to die now? this is the best example!!!!

  • jdelacruz13

    arent they all in a “wheelchair” ? solution to incarceration is to “be” sick … go pass jail , do not collect $200   …. lol

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