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Ex-PCSO chief seeks bail for plunder rap
MANILA, Philippines - Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Rosario Uriarte has again asked the Sandiganbayan to allow her to post bail for a plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of the P366-million intelligence fund of the agency during the term of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In her 10-page supplemental motion filed before the anti-graft court’s First Division, Uriarte said she should be immediately granted bail following the finality of the Supreme Court (SC) ruling finding that the prosecution’s evidence for the case is weak.
The plunder case stemmed from alleged misuse of the PCSO’s intelligence fund from 2008 to 2010.
Uriarte in December last year asked the First Division to allow her to post bail or be placed under house arrest.
She cited in her motion the SC’s July 19, 2016 decision dismissing the case against primary accused Arroyo as well as against former PCSO budget and accounts manager Benigno Aguas due to insufficiency of the evidence of the prosecution.
Uriarte also cited her frail health condition as she is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
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The First Division, in its Feb. 20 ruling, however, denied Uriarte’s motion for being premature as the SC ruling at the time was still under appeal by the Office of the Ombudsman’s prosecution team.