Ex-PCSO exec surrenders to CIDG over plunder case


Former PCSO director Raymundo Roquero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — A congressional candidate and co-accused of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a P366-million plunder case over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds, has surrendered to authorities.

Former PCSO director Raymundo Roquero turned himself in to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame Friday evening, said his lawyer Victoriano Orocio who accompanied him.

“My client has submitted himself to the jurisdiction of the court while our petition for certiorari and for a temporary restraining order is still pending before the Supreme Court,” Orocio told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Roquero is among the 10 former government officials, including Arroyo, accused of misusing P366 million in PCSO intelligence funds from 2008 to 2010.

The Sandiganbayan’s First Division on Oct. 3 issued an order for their arrest. Two of Roquero’s co-accused, former PCSO chair Sergio Valencia and assistant manager for finance Benigno Aguas, earlier surrendered after the arrest warrants were issued.

Roquero has filed a separate petition before the Supreme Court seeking to stop the implementation of the resolution and arrest order of the Sandiganbayan’s First Division.

A former mayor of Valderrama town in Antique and a member of a prominent political clan in the province, Roquero is a candidate for representative of the lone congressional district of Antique against re-electionist Rep. Paolo Everardo Javier of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

He is running under the “Bag-ong Antique” coalition, an aliance of groups affiliated with the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In an earlier interview, Orocio said Roquero was being dragged in the case as “collateral damage” because he was associated with the former president. He said there was no evidence to back up the charges against Roquero.

On Monday, Roquero, through Orocio, would file a petition asking that he  be transferred to the Philippine National Police custodial center where Valencia and Aguas have been detained since their arrest.

Another accused, former PCSO board member Manuel Morato, is under hospital arrest at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation.

“For security reasons and convenience in attending hearings, we will request that he will be detained with his co-accused,” Orocio said.

Orocio will also file within the week before the Sandiganbayan a petition for bail for his client.

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  • alex_diaz2014

    Saang branch ng St. Luke’s nakadetain?

    • UrHONOR

      PANDAQUE wing……


    VERY GUILTY by assn with pands and una. :-)


     bakit mga kandidato ng UNA puro yata may kaso? wala na bang criteria ang UNA sa pagpili ng mga kandidato. basta ba may pera pweda na. nasaan na ang pagbabago?

    mayor binay iyan ba ang plataporma ng iyong partido.

    • etomacq

      Magaling lang talaga ang demolition team ng LP… kung ano anong akusasyon lang binabato sa kalaban na wala naman matibay na ebidensya. Kaya nga laging abswelto ang mga kinakasuhan nila. Akusa pa lang guilty na sa kanila? Mga makikitid lang talaga utak ng mga naniniwala kagad sa kanila. 

      Yung mga kaso na yan walang kwenta. Puro imbento. Sa basurahan lang bagsak ng mga yan.

    • noyab

       kasi matitino sila hindi gaya mo ABNOY and di sila kasama sa KKK

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    I would really like to see St. Lukes burn to the ground.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      huwag naman.. andyan ang specialista ko sa prsotate ko e. :)

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

    Roquero, sa korte ka na lang magpaliwanag.
    Kandidato ka pala ng UNA as congressman sa Antique.
    Consistent ang profile ng mga UNACandidates – talunan.

  • JuanTamadachi

    another member of dorovo and her 40 thieves falls.

    • noyab

       ha ha ha sa lakas daw ng evidencia kay DOROBO wala pa rin mangyari…..makakalbo ka lang abnoy…wala mangyayari……sa tatay mo nga di mo mahuli nagpapatay…ha ha ha 

      • JuanTamadachi

        ha hah ha, my little palin-brained protozoa. you are funny indeed.

  • etomacq

    Necessary elements of plunder under Republic Act 2080 against GMA have not been established in the preliminary investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman.
    Arroyo had been wrongly charged of misusing P366 million in PCSO funds as the Commission on Audit itself had fully liquidated the amount, they added.Audit Commissioner Heidi Mendoza had confirmed compliance with requirements for the release of the funds involved, the petitioners said.So the whole PCSO scandal is a fluke. LOL! 

    • joshua kings

      camote ka talaga….lol.

      • etomacq

        ayos ba kamote? Facts yun post ko.

  • catmanjohn

    Corruption and evil is written all over the face of Roquero, just as in Corona, Garcia, Arroyo, and others, for truth shall reveal itself in due time.

    • etomacq

      Correct. In due time, malalaman natin kung sino ang nag-sisinungaling at ang nagsasabi ng totoo. 

    • noyab

       anf of course sa mga Aquino rin…..ha ha ha hacienda Luisita…..

  • doublecross

    nasaan yon pera….million times na etong tinanong?

  • Komen To

    And he was allowed by the COMELEC to run? My goodness, what’s going on in this land?

    • $20722540

      hindi pa siya convicted kaya ganon ang batas at dapat sundin

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Anong klaseng batas ang mayroon tayo sa Pilipinas October 3, 2012 na issue ang warrant of arrest, nag file pa ng candidacy kung hindi sumuko wala pa sa kulongan. Mga mang mang na nagpapatupad ng batas. Itong si Morato at si GMA dapat ang mga ito nasa tamang kulongan. 

    • noyab

       ikaw dapat ikulong dahil wala ka alam sa batas…..bobo ka kc gaya ni panot….

  • Your_King

    I don’t know what this guys deal may be in regards to the PCSO case but as for GMA, the case against her is a waste of time and bogus. I’m not trying to be a GMA defender, i am simply looking at the facts presented by the prosecution and using the law as the basis. And using the law as the basis there is no evidence that GMA committed plunder. Unless the prosecution or anybody can prove otherwise then there is no plunder case.

  • disqusted0fu

    Until now, the Ombudsman has yet to release the resolution of the investigators dismissing the plunder case against GMA and the rest of her co-accused. In effect, the case filed on baseless accusations and lack of evidences lives on. In effect, Pnoy will continue to have someone to blame when things go rough on him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola

    Well, all accused have the right to due process.  That is in the Constitution.  Let the law take its course and if the evidence for the prosecution is air tight against the accused, let them be convicted and go to jail.  Otherwise, let the presumption of innocence under our Constitution prevail.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Asa pa kayo na may mangyayari dito sa kaso na ito….tulad lang ito ng pagnanakaw ni marcos na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa tapos at halos barya lang ang naibalik sa bayan…….pare pareho lang ang mga yan proteksyonan lang sa bandang huli!

  • richard ortega

    nasaan pa ang babaeng sangkot dapat mahuli na si uriarte.

  • richard ortega

    it’s karma and payback time of your misdeeds. A hole

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