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Bid for holiday furlough by ex-PCSO execs opposed

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State prosecutors have asked the Sandiganbayan to reject for lack of legal basis the request of three former officials  of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) accused of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of some P366 million in PCSO intelligence funds to spend Christmas and New Year in their respective homes.

Ombudsman prosecutors Ma. Hazelina Tujan-Militante and Julieta Zinnia Niduanza said former PCSO chairman Sergio Valencia, former board member Manuel Morato and former budget officer Benigno Aguas were taking advantage of the compassion and magnanimity of the court because of the yuletide season rather than what is allowed by law.

They said that giving them temporary liberty would open the door to every detained person to apply for a prison furlough to celebrate the holiday season outside jail.

Morato, however, who is under hospital arrest,  insisted on house arrest following heart surgery October this year.

But the prosecution repeatedly opposed the grant of house arrest, saying that Morato was  already allowed to be confined at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation precisely because of his medical condition.

It said Morato’s continued stay in hospital would enable doctors to immediately respond to his medical needs.

“To allow him (Morato) to go on hospital leave this holiday season will be risky to his very delicate physical condition,” the prosecutors said.

“Considering the serious physical  condition of Morato that he needs close medical monitoring, it would be more advantageous to his health to stay under hospital arrest than to be exposed to other people to avoid infection,”  they added.

In the case of Valencia and Aguas, the prosecutors said it would be more advantageous to the personal safety of the accused that they continue to be detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The Sandigabayan is also set to rule this week on the request of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to spend the holidays in Lubao, Pampanga.

The prosecution earlier opposed Arroyo’s motion, citing security and health reasons.

Arroyo is the principal accused in the PCSO plunder case that includes former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte; former directors Raymundo Roquero, Jose Taruc V and Ma. Fatima Valdes; former Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Reynaldo Villar and COA Region V head Nilda Paras.

A resolution earlier signed by all three justices of the Sandiganbayan’s First Division said there was no sufficient basis to disturb the Ombudsman’s findings that the 10 had conspired to embezzle the P366 million confidential and intelligence fund of the PCSO.


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Tags: Government , Holiday Furlough , Justice System , Office of the Ombudsman , PCSO Intelligence Funds , Plunder , Sandiganbayan


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    I hope Serge Valencia starts talking of what he knows. It’s not yet too late.
    Those accused who went (and still) abroad, are their passports cancelled?

  • pepengkabayo

    Pagbigyan nyo na si Manoling.
    Tutal  matanda na, maysakit at mahina naman ang kaso.
    Kung si Pnoy nga nagbibigay ng Pardon sa mga Kriminal ngayon Pasko, furlough or break ayaw nyo pang pagbigyan.
    Christmas is about giving and forgiving…Give Manoling a Christmas gift of furlough or the better drop the case.
    Merry Xmas Manoling.

    • johndcross1

      B.S. anong pagbigyan yang si Manoling? Kung pagbigyan yang mga satanas na yan eh di pagbigyan natin ang lahat nang demonyo. Matudas na ang mga lintik na yan sa loob ng impierno.

    • Don Dee

      Oo pagbigyan si Manoling. Kaladkarin sa CIty Jail na makuha niya ang tunay na gusto nya, ang matira sa wetpaks.

  • $14334231

    if given furlough, money must have been involved in it…..no to furlough…..justice must be equal to all…rich and poor…powerful and not…..remember, the lady is blindedfolded…..

  • Hey_Dudes

    Enough of this foolishness will you?  Why do you want to continue giving the poor and marginalized inmates all over the country a reason to believe there’s two kinds of justice – one for the rich and able to bribe their way, and another for the poor?  Tigilan na yan kalokohan na yan puede ba?

  • pcosmachine

    The request for a holiday furlough has become a trend lately in our prison system. The little girl started this trend and all of her co-accused in the PCSO plunder case feel that they are entittled to such privilege as well. In as much as GMA set a very bad example to the rest of those who have broken the law in jail, our prison system must always remember that all inmates should be treated equally regardless of social status.

  • ablogman

    Fabricated naman lahat ang ebidensiya sa mga akusado at political persecution lang iyan, dapat pagbigyan ang kahilingan ng mga akusado . Dapat ang paangatin ni Abnoy ay ang ekonomiya ng bansa di ang pagtugis sa nakaraang rehimen at diyan lang umaangat ang ratings ni Abnoy sa pagtugis sa kalaban di sa pagunlad ng ekonimiya. ABNOY SHOW YOUR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE NOT VENGEANCE NO PERPETUAL IN LIFE, EVERYTHING WILL END

    • Don Dee

      If you really believe that there is no evidence, then the correct course of action is not to ask for Christmas furlough but to ask for the outright dismissal of the case. Tanga ka pala eh. The mere fact that these plunderers are asking for furlough goes to show that there is prima facie case against them. As to the economic performance of PNoy, that is non-sequitur. While the President is arguably doing very well with our economy I will not belabor the point because it does not affect the plunder cases against the accused. Sabihin nating maging o% unemployment, 0% poverty incidence, etc, does that mean GUILTY ang mga akusado? O wala kinalaman ang isa’t isa? Medyo gumamit ng utak, kung meron ka man. Tanga.

    • generalproblem

      hehehe ogag ikaw na lang yata ang dipa nakakaalam. cg pagtangol mo ang amo mong bading

  • johndcross1

    Huwag na huwag bigyan ng holiday furlough ang sino mang nakahabla sa PCSO anomaly.  Ang ating layunin ay makulong ng habang buhay ang mga lintik na yan. Mabulok na kayo sa looban ng prisohan.

  • UrHONOR

    PALAGAY ko risonable naman yong hinihinging Christmas Vac ng mga TNL na mga kawatang yan.  Pero sa ia at isang condition lamang:  Pagkatapos ng vac, tuloy-tuloy na sa Munti habang buhay.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Buti pa unahan mo na sila sa munti para marami ang maka toro sayo hindi yung puro vienna sausage lang sinusubukan mo! makakapamili ka pa dun kung ano gang ang gusto mo bahala na, commando, sigue-sigue pero meron din foreigner dun at pagkakataon mo na makatikim ng foreigner basta lagi ba may pambili ka ng vaseline pero kung wala ka pera puwede na langis ng niyog bagay naman yun sa papasukan!

  • Don Dee

    Nuong sila ay nasa kapangyarihan at ninanakaw ang perang nakalaan dapat sa mga mahihirap (PCSO funds are for charity!) nag babakasyon ba ang mga kawatang ito sa pagnanakaw kapag panahon ng Pasko? At naisip ang mga mahihirap na inaagawan nila ng pondo para merong matustus sa pandaraya sa eleksyon? Ang daming naka detain sa city jail na di hamak na mas maliit na halaga ang ninakaw! Mauna muna sila bigyan ng Christmas furlough bago itong mga PLUNDERER na ito.

    In other words, manigas kayo Manoling and company. You are getting what you deserve.

  • UrHONOR

    POETIC JUSTICE shows up at the least expected time.  BAD and EVIL deeds always have their comeuppance. A fair warning for the miscreants.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Hindi maitatago ng katalinuhan mo ang kasamaan tinatago mo tulad ng ginawa ni ryan lanza sa connecticut….napakatalino pero may itinatago at ng sumabog ay marami ang pinatay…..marami ang mag-ingat sayo dahil delikado ang iyong kundisyon ang mga kahalubilo mo ay iisang mukha lang ang nakikita pero ang isang nakakapangilabot ay handang kumagat ano man oras! gawa ng warning mo sa itaas mukha malapit ka na bumigay at dapat mapigilan….

  • UrHONOR

    HOW SWEET this life is…..the criminals and criminal-minded are being rounded up so the soon-to-be emulators are practically nipped in the bud.  If this were done a lot earlier, our lives would have been sweeter and a much more comfortable and convenient.

  • disqusted0fu

    lets see how just our justice system is… because when the ombudsman investigators supposedly dismissed the plunder allegations due to lack of legal basis, it was just ignored. lets see what the Sandiganbayan will do with this

  • Lapu Lapu

    A pick-pocket / snatcher will be send to jail with no mercy while those who steal billions from public is always confined in luxury hospitals and house arrest.

    Who deserve mercy? The first one is doing it due to hunger while the other due to greed.

    Our justice system must be equal. Its my dream.



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