Anti-graft court orders arrest of Verzosa, 5 others

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THE Sandiganbayan on Tuesday ordered the arrest of former police chief Jesus Verzosa and five others in connection with the P34.63-million helicopter scam.

Also covered by the warrant issued by Associate Justice Roland Jurado were Herold Ubalde, Roman Loreto, George Piano, Edgar Paatan and Avensuel Go Dy.

Verzosa and the others are facing graft charges for the purchase of a helicopter from Jose Miguel Arroyo, the husband of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Arroyo was also indicted before the anti-graft court.

But only Verzosa and the five were covered by the warrant after they failed to post the P30,000 bail, Ma. Teresa Pabulayan, Fifth Division clerk of court, said.

Another bench order was issued against Paatan, Piano and Go Dy for falsification of public documents related to the same transaction. They were ordered to post an additional bail of P24,000.

The Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation and all law-enforcing agencies were directed to implement the arrest order.

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