DFA cancels passports of 3 ex-PCSO execs

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The Department of Foreign Affairs has canceled the passports of former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Rosario Uriarte and former board directors Jose Taruc V and Maria Fatima Abad Valdes and placed their names on the department’s “lookout list.”

Along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the three were accused of plunder before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the alleged misuse of P325 million in intelligence funds of the PCSO.

Uriarte, Taruc and Valdes left the country even before arrest warrants were issued against them by the court.

Uriarte’s counsel, the Benjamin Santos & Ray Montri Santos Law Office, filed a manifestation with motion informing the Sandiganbayan’s First Division of the DFA’s action despite their motion seeking an extension to file a reply to the prosecution in connection with their motion for reconsideration.

The court had given Uriarte until March 26 to file her reply.

However, on March 22, the accused received the court’s March 5 resolution which noted the Feb. 13, 2013, letter of Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda of the DFA-Office of Consular Affairs informing the court of the cancellation of their passports in compliance with court resolution dated Jan. 21, 2013.

The counsel said the DFA would not have canceled Uriarte’s passport were it not for the January resolution.

However, the counsel pointed out that Uriarte’s motion for reconsideration is still pending resolution, citing the fact that the prosecution had just filed its comment in connection with the motion.

The counsel asked the court to furnish Uriarte a copy of the DFA letter in order to address the issue in her reply which she will soon file and to seek another 10-day extension within which to file it.

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  • doublecross

    kelan kaya mahanap yon pera na yon…….bulsa na ni arroyo yon!

  • Gu3st

    jail them all…

  • Lapu Lapu

    Uriarte, Taruc and Valdes left the country even before arrest warrants were issued against them by the court.

    Come home after the next election if the opposition wins. Your sins will be forgiven!

    This is the nice things about Philippine politics and our notorious justice system. Justice is for the poor and weak. Plunderers and big time criminals always find a way to escape justice.

    Mercy…………

  • $14334231

    these three must be living a good life somewhere in this cruel, but beautiful planet called earth……..thanks to those who must have helped them for the price of “32 pieces of silver coins” before the net could be drop on them…..

  • Barak_O

    behold the face

  • batangsulpok

    Kahit naman I-cancel ang passports nila ay bale wala rin dahil wala na sa Pilipinas sila kaya sa daming pera ay enjoy lang sila sa bansa na pinuntahan. Halimbawa ay dito sila sa U.S., makakabili pa yan ng mga properties sa pangalan ng kamag-anak na nandito at medaling mag-withdraw ng pera, ATM ay ok na at wala naman mga taga Philippine consulate maghahanap sa kanila, kung meron man ay kilala sila at baka sila mismo ang mag-advice kung paano magtago.

  • patawad

    Masyado namang delayed na yan, panis na kung baga, wala ka ng gana sa balitang yan. ayan pala wala na sa Pinas, gag—–oooooo talaga yang ganyan!!!!

  • JasonBieber

    They attack the previous Admin and previous PCSO execs but ignore and give a free-pass to the current Admin and current PCSO execs even when the COA revealed misuse of funds from the current PCSO.

    The allegations against the previous Admin lacks merit and without evidence yet accusations and consequences continue but even when the proof against the current PCSO is available from the COA, nothing happens.

    Selective justice system???

  • BatangSingapore

    simple lang yan kapag filipino gigipitin at ikukulong pero kapag intsik makakalusot ng airport. hoy mga bugok na filipino kailan kayo magigising ha?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.solomon.5 Sonny Solomon

    anong klaseng bansa ito?

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