• Accused in P2.5-M extort rap fails to bail

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    THE assistant state prosecutor of the Department of Justice facing bribery charge before the Sandiganbayan failed to post bail before the anti-graft court for lack of requirements and intent.

    According to Sandiganbayan officer who asked not to be named for lack of position to speak, the court did not approve the bail post of lawyer Diosdado Solidum Jr. who is facing bribery and ethical violations for allegedly mulcting P2.5 million from employees of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in exchange of a favorable ruling.

    The source said that the court asked for the certificate of detention and booking sheet of Solidum who is presently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after an entrapment was carried out on Thursday evening in a restaurant in Timog Avenue.

    Since the case has not been raffled yet to a division, the accused may have to file a motion to post bail if hr wanted to gain temporary liberty this early since the case would be raffled on August 16 anyway.

    Solidum is facing bribery charge and violation of Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

    The case stemmed from the complaint of the employees association of PAL (Palea) through Gerardo Rivera, when he and his lawyer Joeven Dellosa were asked to shell out P10,000 for each respondent or a total of P2.5 million to overturn a resolution of the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

    When the case was raffled to Solidum, he requested an audience before Rivera and Dellosa where the prosecutor allegedly said that the “reversal of the resolution of the prosecutor would indeed entail cost.”

    Initially, the Office of the Ombudsman said that Solidum asked for P2.5 million which he lowered to P1.2 million to be given in installment.

    On August 8, with the help of NBI, an entrapment operation was conducted against Solidum in Spring Deer Restaurant on Timog Avenue, which led to his arrest.

    The inquest officers of the NBI proceeded with the resolution of his case when Solidum declined to avail of a preliminary investigation.

    The Ombudsman approved the NBI’s findings and slapped the public prosecutor with bribery charges now filed before the Sandiganbayan.

    “All the elements of [bribery and ethical violations]are present . . . He actually received what was to be the first installment, albeit the total amount [in the envelope]consistent of P3,000, the rest being ‘boodle money’ in exchange for a supposed favorable decision for Palea union members,” the Ombudsman resolution stated.

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