CIDG seeks revocation of Arroyo co-accused's passport

Posted at 10/05/12 3:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Friday said it will ask the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to revoke the passport of a co-accused of former President Arroyo in a plunder case.

CIDG-NCR chief Senior Supt. Joel Coronel said the request is meant to limit the movement of former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Jose Taruc V, who left the country a week before a hold departure order was issued against him and other accused.

Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang on Thursday confirmed that Taruc left the country last July 19, days after the plunder case was filed by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Mangrobang said BI records show that Taruc left the country last July 19 at 9:31 a.m. via a Cathay Pacific flight. No record was found showing Taruc's destination.

She added that the BI also has no record that Taruc has returned to the country.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), meanwhile, said it plans to seek Interpol's help in locating Taruc.

The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday released the arrest order for Arroyo and former PCSO and Commission on Audit (COA) officials for a plunder case involving the alleged misuse of P366 million in PCSO confidential/intelligence funds during the previous administration.

Other respondents in the case include former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte; Assistant General Manager for Finance Benigno Aguas; former PCSO board members Sergio Valencia, Manuel Morato, Raymundo Roquero, and Maria Fatima Valdes; former COA Chairman Reynaldo Villar; and former COA intelligence/confidential fund audit unit head Nilda Plaras. – reports from Alex Calda and Edwin Sevidal, dzMM