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DOJ OKs charges vs PRC official

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the filing of charges

of corruption, direct bribery and solicitation against Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Commissioner Alfredo Po who was caught extorting money from a building owner who had signed a lease contract with the government agency.

In a nine-page inquest resolution, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano approved the recommendation made by prosecution lawyer Cesar Angelo Chavez III that Po be charged with violation of Section 3 (b) of Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Section 7 (d) of RA 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; and Articles 210, 293 and 294 (5) of the Revised Penal Code.

Po was arrested on Dec. 5 in his office at the PRC building in Manila during an entrapment operation set up by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

This was after Ernesto de los Santos, owner of the CTLL Building located at 141 Abanao Ext., Barangay (barangay) Rizal Monument in Baguio City, sought the bureau’s help after Po demanded a monthly commission of P42,800 from him.

Po said he was entitled to the amount since without his intercession, the PRC would not have rented De los Santos’ building as its satellite office, De los Santos had claimed.

On top of this, Po also demanded a one-time “broker’s commission” of P394,000, he added.

De los Santos said that out of fear of reprisal, he gave Po P84,000 or two months’ worth of commissions.

At the time of his arrest, Po was supposed to get the broker’s commission he had demanded from the building owner. The money was found on top of his desk in his office.

Earlier, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said that she had received numerous complaints about Po who, she added, had been linked to board leakages.

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Tags: Alfredo Po , Department of Justice , direct bribery , Graft and Corruption , Philippines , PRC official , solicitation

  • zeroko

    Firing squad agad yan! Mantakin mo, may leak sa mga test? O, di under question ngayon ang mga pumasa sa Board?

  • PutingAgila

    Leak sa mga board exams?? Na ko po, si Alfredo Po, talaga!

  • randyaltarejos

    Bakit kasi ngayon lang to na boko? Matagal ng modus operandi nito ang mangurakot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    just ask the people who passed during po’s term to retake the board exams. marami dyang licensed m.e. na hindi dapat pumasa.

  • ddano

    Question is, Who’s the protector and accomplices of Alfredo Po? The DOJ should also expose and prosecute these people. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

      Well, we know who appointed him….BS Pnoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Nadale ka rin Po tang na mu..!!!!!!!!!

  • dsuarez113

    good job NBI & DOJ!

  • johnlordphilip

    Another SUPER-CORRUPT, abused his POSITION by considering the public as his servant instead of doing what he is being paid for-a PUBLIC SERVANT. All his assets should be returned to the governement and he should be in JAIL for the rest of his LIFE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    surprisingly, he has a large net worth. now we know why.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    A swift action of must be enforced, he should be terminated from service immediately and charge accordingly to show to the people that corruptions are not tolerated in this gov’t.

  • Voltaire Villena

    sinu ba ang nag-appoint sa kanya? sabay sabing linked daw sa leakages haha. nilaglag na kasi nabuko pero kung hindi nahuli yan protektado pa rin yan

  • garcia677

    Po may your soul rot in hell. You deserved it

  • Danny Day

    If found guilty, which he probably will be since he was caught in the act, he should be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years with parole only on the 11th year. He should also be banned from holding public office.

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