Ombudsman says ex-PCGG chief pocketed P12M

Posted at 07/01/11 5:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines -The Office of the Ombudsman ordered Friday the filing of graft and malversation charges against former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio for using P12 million of PCGG funds for his personal use.

In a 20-page resolution, Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro said Sabio embezzled and converted to his personal use cash advances amounting to P1,555,862.03 for an official trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He said probable cause was also found against Sabio for using P10,350,000 in remittances by sequestered companies, Mid-Pasig Land Development Corporation and from the sale of A. Soriano Corporation shares which form part of the ill-gotten wealth of the former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Casimiro is ordering the filing of charges against Sabio for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and two Informations for Malversation.

The acting Obudsman also formed a special team of investigators that will ensure local agencies' compliance with the Government Procurement Reform Act.