THREE former officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) have now gained temporary freedom following the Sandiganbayan’s approval of their petition for bail.
Erstwhile PCSO president Sergio Valencia and board members Manuel “Manoling” Morato and Raymundo Roquero gained their provisional liberty when the Sandiganbayan First Division found that the evidence of the prosecution are too weak to have them kept incarcerated.
“For accused Valencia, Morato, and Roquero, this court finds that the evidence presented against them at this point and stage of the proceedings, do not show evident proof of guilt. They can therefore be allowed to post bail,” the ruling read.
Immediately after promulgating the resolution, Valencia and Morato posted a half a million bail, while Roquero posted P700,000 for hiding.
The ruling did not render a decision on former president Gloria Arroyo and PCSO board member Benigno Aguas.