Ombudsman files criminal case vs 'Euro-general'

Posted at 07/07/11 2:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro ordered the filing of criminal charges against former Philippine National Police (PNP) director for comptrollership Eliseo dela Paz and his wife in connection with the “Euro-generals” case.

The case involves several ex-PNP officials who attended a seminar in Russia in 2008. Dela Paz was later detained for carrying an undeclared cash in excess of allowable limits.

The couple was found liable of violating Circular No. 507 of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, which penalizes any person who brings into, or takes out of the Philippines, foreign currency in excess of $10,000 and fails to declare the same in writing.

The former PNP director was also found liable for violating Article 237 of the Revised Penal Code for Prolonging the Performance of Duties and Powers.

A special panel of lawyers of the Ombudsman said, “Dela Paz willfully and unlawfully continued to exercise the powers and duties of his office as Police Director for Comptrollership by attending the said General Assembly in St. Petersburg despite knowing fully well that he reached the compulsory age of retirement of 56 on 9 October 2008.”

He was also found to have accepted the designation of Special Disbursing Officer (SDO).

The Euro-generals controversy is one of the cases that triggered the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.