No plea for Morato on plunder case


Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman Manuel Morato. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman Manuel Morato did not enter a plea in connection with the P366-million plunder case against him, prompting the Sandiganbayan to file a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The Sandiganbayan first division set the preliminary conference on Jan. 16, 2013.

Morato, who is under hospital arrest, arrived at the Sandiganbayan on a wheelchair and face mask.

Morato, through his lawyer, insisted that the high court act on his petition for certiorari where they also asked to stop the proceedings.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is also a co-accused in the case. She was arraigned in October.

Morato was supposed to be arraigned at the same time but he was taken to the hospital. His arraignment was then rescheduled to November 22 but the anti-graft court granted his request to reschedule it to December 3.

Morato was allowed by the Sandiganbayan to be under hospital arrest at St. Lukes Hospital in Quezon City under the supervision of the National Bureau of Investigation.

The anti-graft court granted Morato’s motion last October after he submitted a medical certificate from his attending physician Dr. Maria Adelaide Iboleon-Dy.

Based on the Medical Certificate dated October 25, Morato underwent an open heart surgery, triple bypass with aortic valve replacement with a prosthetic valve on October 22.

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  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Morato do not need any trial. He should be shot on the spot for stealing the people’s money and as a co-conspirator of GMA in defrauding the people.

    He should  also go straight to hell from there.

    • Nueva

       ay ganon indi ba pwedeng si gloriang demonya muna ang aming dyosa

    • Nueva

      ay ganon indi ba pwedeng si gloriang demonya muna ako si atching its unfair hahahah

    • mulanay

      Sobra naman ata ‘yan kapatid. Mas-gusto kong sa Bilibid ilagay si Manoling para mabiyak ang kanyang wetpaks. Mas-magandang parusa ‘yan.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and 

    PCSO tv campaign ads

    47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as 

    COMELEC chair

    48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses 

    from Australia worth P384 million.

    49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 

    times, son Mikey 69

    50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

    51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five 


    52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

    53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

    54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

        The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of 

    the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian 

    revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

    56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from 

    PNoy’s social fund


        Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, 

    Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and 

    Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio  

    Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

    58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork.

    59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha 

    project—DOST chief 
    60.Fishers push plunder rap vs Arroyo in purchase of ice machines( overpriced at P455 million in 2009.)
    61.$225-million overprice of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), 
    62.Successor sues Pichay over P2.3-B fund mess
    63.Noli De Castro P6.6 billion pesos Pag-ibig Fund scam.
    64.Arroyo execs pocket P15-B from bridge scam

    • $29483279

       Bakit wal pa yata sa listahan mo ang $30 millions lagay kay ex-PCSO Chair Genuino Via Rodolfo Soariano na impossibling hind involve ang mag-asawang kawatang Arroyo?

      Plese update your list.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Former  Pres. Arroyo , corruption and many 


    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors 

    (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 


    6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 


    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings

    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

    12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) 

    (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15.  Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

    16.  NAIA-3

    17.  Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18.  Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states



    22.  C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ 

    Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

    25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

    26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

    27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy 


    28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties 

    from 2002 to May this year.



    30. 600,Thousand metric tons of Rotten rice imported from 

    India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to 

    Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for 

    the rice importation. 

    31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 

         70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit 

    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy 

    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown 


    32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of 

    two franchise bills

    33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in  

    advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to 

    P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for 

    Arroyo’s achievements.

    34. The report said the PIA received from the Department 

    of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations 

    amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 
    million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

    35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political 


    36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of 

    extra judicial killings of militants

    37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo 

     critic, Cory Aquino

    38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of 


    39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park  



    Chief Justice

          200+ other illegal midnight appointments

    41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California

    42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like 

    Ninoy’s murderers

    43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek 

    presidential clearance before testifying in Congress 


    44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency 

    in 2004

    • George Lapulapu

      thank you for reminding…

  • Thar

    bakit ganon….pag mi kaso hospital kaagad ang tungo nila….sino kaya ang susunod na ma ho hospital sa mga magnanakaw sa Gobyerno…

  • mulanay

    Mga minamahal naming patnugot ng Inquirer, paki-lathala ang litrato ni Gng. Manoling na naka-wheelchair at facemask para meron kaming pagpasapasahan sa Facebook at idikit sa mga poste bilang paalala sa bulok na gobyerno ni Aleng Gloria. ‘Yun lang po, please lang.

  • Barak_O

    philippines should host

    the first international wheelchair grand prix

    thief midnight is my entry

  • $29483279

    Wow wheelchair with mask pa para paawa effect. Si Amo mong Gloria WheelChair din with neck brace and special gadget support above the brace para more paawa effect. Si Corona wheel chair din. At iba pa.

    Ano ba itong inuuso ninyo mga dalahira kayo. Sukang suka na ako talaga sa inyo. Nuong nasa puwesto pa kayo kung magaasta kayo akala mo kung sino kayo.

    Kaylan gaganapin ang unang reunion ng Wheelchair  Club? Saan venue? Sa St Lukes, Veteran o sa Munti na kaya.

    Babboo Tita Manolita !!

  • Erg Ramirez

    very good

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Who is the Mastermind?(LOLONG)

    Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada’s Universal Entertainment (Universal) had paid 

    as much as $30 million to a former Pagcor consultant in 2010 received by Rodolfo 

    Soriano, a former Pagcor consultant and purported Genuino bagman.

    • MATONeeta

      most likey

  • Pitbulldog

    That’s good idea, Morato, let these idiots think of whatever plea they have in mind.  This case is about whatever silly evidence they can lay down to pin you.  Hayaan mo maghalungkat at gamitin mga utak nila sa bagay na yan in this futile exercise which is purely an invention of P-noy with his ultimate goal in mind,  GMA.  Lugas na lahat buhok ng engot na yan, wala pa ring mapapala yan.

  • $37644997

    Like Morato,like GMA,like Micky,like former chief justice-like it or not they’re all guilty-no say nothing.

  • George Lapulapu

    Morato should welcome this opportunity to clear his name. Just like GMA, they have their right to be heard in propoer court, all others are just press statements.

  • xander1993

    St. Lukes Hospital is the place where former administration employees seek shelter and refuge after a case is filed on them. St. Lukes Hospital must be a very profitable hospital….

    • CheapJ

      It is now called St. Loots Hospital.

      • xander1993

        Hey, that was great, I like that name “St. Loots Hospital”

  • TheMightyOne

    kawawa naman mga to na sumabit sa kalokohan ni GMA at Mike Arroyo… ang mga totoong nakinabang sa mga nakulimbat nang mga yan ay ang  pamilyang Arroryo!!!!

  • rosamistika16

    Why is it that sandiganbayan is the one who speak for morato and gloria as “not guilty” because they refused to enter a plea?  if they don’t want to say guilty or not guilty then the sandigan bayan should conclude that they are guilty instead!

    it looks like what gloria and morato were doing is a blatant disrespect of the law and the people.  does sandigan bayan doesn’t realize that?

    • Bert

      and from what law book is that? hehe

    • $29483279

       Sino may turo sa iyo niyan? si Atty. Cuevas o si Crona? Basa o research  muna bago comment ha?

      • mulanay

        Korek si xander1993. Automatic na “no guilty” ang i-enter ng korte kapag ayaw gawin ito ng akusado. Ang prinsipyo kasi, ang akusado lamang ang makaaamin na siya’y guilty sa paratang. at hindi pa pwedeng sabihing guilty hangga’t wala pang hatol na guilty.

    • xander1993

      In any courts all over the world, if you do not enter a plea (guilty or not) the court will enter a not guilty plea for you that is standard  cause you are still considered not guilty till proven otherwise.

    • rosamistika16

      wow! three good persons want to teach me about law..tsk tsk tsk! thank you very much!

      by the way, have you encountered the word RHADAMANTHINE? feeling ko kasi eto na ang bagay sa mga tao sa pinas hindi na yang mga batas na binabaluktot lang ng mga magagaling na katulad ng mga nasa baba.

  • disqusted0fu

     before moving on with the case, the ombudsman must be transparent and explain first why she disregarded the decision of the first panel of investigators that there is lack of basis for plunder and why she still went on with charging them anyway. there might not even be a plunder case to move on with after all.

  • Love God

    I can’t walk properly due to severe pain on my back. But I refuse to use a wheelchair. 

    I am afraid people might think that I am part of the wheelchair club facing plunder.

  • Political Jaywalker

    At the rate St. Luke’s Hospital accepts under arrest accused plunderers on trial they might as well add a prison ward complete with prison bars and guards. They should also bill their clients or should we say pretend patients for their hospital confinement and the government for the minimum budget allocated a prisoner.

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