13 accused in Sandiganbayan now in PNP custody

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MANILA, 2Sept2013 (PNA) – PNP PIO head Sr. Supt. Rueben Theodore Sindac said Monday 13 former PNP personnel implicated in an allegedly anomalous P400 million transaction in 2007 have been placed now in police custody in Camp Crame.

Sindac told a news briefing the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has ordered the PNP to take custody of 13 accused in various cases filed before the anti-graft court.

He added that over the weekend, the Sandiganbayan formally transferred custody of the 13 accused to the PNP thru Acting Chief Judicial Staff Officer Albert Dela Cruz.

Sindac said the 13 accused are presently confined at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame on orders of the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division.

They wear former PNP chief Director General Avelino I Razon Jr.,; former NCRPO Chief and Deputy Director Geary Barias; former PNP comptrollers Eliseo de la Paz; former PNPNational Headquarters-Bids and Awards Committee chair Reynaldo Varilla and former police officials Reynaldo Varilla; Charlemagne Alejandrino; Emmanuel Ojeda; Reuel Leverne Labrado; Alex Barrameda; Nancy Basallo; Patricia Enaje; Ma. Theresa Narcise; Analee Forro; and Josefina Dumanew.

Chief Supt. Samuel Yordan, Director of the Headquarters Support Service, said, all accused confined at the PNP Custodial Center are subject to existing rules and regulations governing persons under custody.

Meanwhile, Sindac said that they have yet to account 20 more respondents but noted that cases filed against them were bailable.

Sandiganbayan earlier issued an arrest warrant against Razon and 32 others over the fictitious repair and maintenance of light armored vehicles worth P400 million in 2007.

The CIDG filed cases of alleged anomalous procurement/work orders conducted by the PNP Logistics Support Service (LSS) for the year 2007 Repairs/Refurbishing of 28 V-1150 LAVs involving the total amount of PhP 409,740,000.00, Associate Justice Chairperson Gregory S. Ong of the Sandiganbayan issued 12 warrants of arrest on August 27, 2013 against these police officials.

The warrants of arrest against Razon and 32 other police officers, civilians and police non-commissioned and non-uniformed persons range from violation of Article 217, in relation to Article 171 (para. 4) of the Revised Penal Code (Malversation of Public Funds), which recommends no bail, to violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act that has a P30,000 bail for each offender.(PNA)

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