Sandiganbayan issues new arrest warrant vs Ecleo



Former Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr.: New arrest warrant. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan has issued new warrants of arrest for former Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr. and two other local officials in connection with their graft convictions in 2006, after the first warrants were returned to the court unserved.

The new warrants, dated Feb. 7, were signed by Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz of the antigraft court’s First Division and were sent to the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police.

The Sandiganbayan found Ecleo, then mayor of San Jose, Dinagat Island, in Surigao del Norte, and supreme master of the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA), to have favored his two coaccused—former municipal planning and development coordinator Anadelia Navarra and private contractor Ricardo Santillano of PBMA Builders—when he disbursed P4 million as payment for the construction of a public market that remained unfinished. State auditors valued the finished portion of the market at only P3.56 million.

Prosecutors also questioned the payment  of P3.85 million to PBMA Builders for the construction of a new municipal building, when the contract price was only for P3.68 million, and a mere 37.38 percent of the project, valued at only P1.44 million, was finished. Ecleo was also found to have released P300,000 for the repair of a building owned by the PBMA Women’s League, a private group.

Ecleo was found guilty on three counts of graft on Oct. 13, 2006, and was meted out an 18 to 31 and a half years’ prison term. Navarra and Santillano were each found guilty on two counts of graft and were meted out prison terms of 12 to 21 years each.

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  • AntiAko

    C’mon, PNP, you know where he is hiding… catch him already…

  • okayayonip

    hanapin at hulihin muna kasi kahit isang damakmak ang kaso at arrest warrant ay balewala kung para siyang usok na naglaho. puede bang ikulong ang usok?

  • John

    Ecleo  very much look like LOLONG he still live in his mansion in dinagat island under the protection of the PNP (Pahingi Ng Pahingi)

  • John

    Ecleo twin brother of Lolong and also looks like the dinagat monkey hindi pahuhuli ng buhay gaya ni Dorner ex-cop of LAPD

  • okabato

    The last time they tried to arrest this guy more than twenty of his followers were killed trying to protect him. The police will need a battalion of policemen to penetrate dinagat island.

  • Political Jaywalker

    Ecleo has long been convicted and should have been serving his sentence but it seems the authorities are too afraid to arrest this parricidal maniac. If the authorities really want to arrest Ecleo they could have done so already but it seems they don’t want to do that due to his political clout.  Someone who belongs to a family that can order ignorant voters to vote for anyone they tell them is god not just in the eyes og their fanatical believers but trapos as well, LOL.

  • oidkcin

    All the big people seem to be above the law. Gringo, Ping, the Reyes brothers, Palparan, Padaca, Lozada, GwenGarcia & now this Ecleo, just to name a few. Looks to me like the ofshoot of damaged institutions, eh? courtesy of the Abnoyd pwesident harharhar.
    Impeach Aquino….& her brother.

  • speedstream2

    We don’t need new arrest warrants. We want to see the subjects of current arrest warrants brought in asap and made to stand trial in a court of law. How can we expect respect for the law when we can’t enforce arrest warrants? Is it any wonder if more and more people are losing faith in our justice system or whatever is left of it?

  • linobog

    Let the marines do the serving of the WOA, and  a shot-to-kill order,   para matapos ma.  Ipakulong din ang  mga abogado at doctor niya.

  • catmanjohn

    The SWAT teams should be sent in to seize his ostentatious looking palace on Dinigat Island, where they flaunt their material worship idolatry, organs of his false thief messiah father,  including tacky motorboats, cars, and a stallion, while his followers are dirt poor and starving. They are akin to a threatening Filipino religious gestapo, using the ideals of social Utopianism for self serving interests, especially sexual, and blasphemous to the core. Until Ecleo is found and imprisoned, he makes mockery of the Philippine police and the rule of law. All those who are his accomplices in hiding should be charged accordingly and arrested. 

  • Lapu Lapu

    He was arrested for parricide (murder of his wife) a non-bailable offense. He BRIBED his way out and went into hiding. He went to the court in a wheelchair and his doctor said he is a walking time-bomb. 

    Make a law: People charged with no-bailable offenses (heinous crimes) cannot avail bail on medical grounds. Otherwise we are making a mockery of our justice system. 

    If they can arrest Ampatuan clan, they can arrest Ecleo too. You need only a political will. Make the move now and send a strong message to all hiding fugitives.

    (FORGET IT if you consider that if we make the move now, we may loose the votes of PBMA followers coz election is near)

  • Darwin

    Mukha pa lang nito wala nang gagawing matino.

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