Sandiganbayan : Acquit former PCGG chair Sabio

Sandiganbayan : Acquit former PCGG chair Sabio

Sandiganbayan Fourth Division on Wednesday acquits former Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chair Camilio Sabio from graft and malversation cases filed against him.

Camilio Sabio was acquitted from one count of violation of Section 3 (e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and two counts of malversation of public funds as defined under Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Sabio was accused of allegedly pocketing recovered Marcos ill-gotten wealth worth an estimate of Php. 12 million.

Charges against Sabio was filed by the Ombudsman in 2011 subsequent to its finding that he allegedly converted Php. 10.35 million to his personal use. The money was received by the PCGG as remittances from the sale of the A. Soriano Corp and from the Mid-Pasig Land Development Corp.

The two firms were repossessed from the family of former President and Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

He was also accused of embezzling Php. 1.6 million worth of cash advances while being PCGG chair. The advances consisted of accommodation, contingency funds, litigation fees, and other similar expenses during his trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 2014, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge Acting Chairman Sabio for trying to influence his younger brother Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jose Sabio in an ownership row.

The Ombudsman elaborated that the Associate Justice received a call from his older brother PCGG Chair Sabio asking him to help the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in an ownership row with the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO).

The court said PCGG Chair is liable for violating Section 3(a) of the Anti-graft Law that prohibits public officers from “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection  with official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.”

In 2005, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Camilio Sabio as PCGG Chairman replacing Haydee Yorac who died of cancer.

Sabio was acting PCGG chairman from May 2005 to September 2010.

He tried to join the presidential race this year but he was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

In 2005, Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Camilio Sabio as PCGG Chairman replacing Haydee Yorac who died of cancer.

Sabio was acting PCGG chairman from May 2005 to September 2010.

He tried to join the presidential race this year but he was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

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