Assistant state prosecutor posts bail in P2.5-million extort try

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The assistant state prosecutor was released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) which had arrested him on bribery allegations.

Prosecutor Diosdado Solidum Jr. posted a P60,000 bail at the Sandiganbayan days after the NBI arrested him in an entrapment operation.

NBI agents collared Solidum after he received marked money which was supposedly the P2.5-million Solidum demanded from the employees union of Philippine Airlines (PAL) in exchange for a favorable ruling.

Solidum refused to comment on his case after posting bail.

He will face trial for bribery and violation of ethical standards.

Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Gregory Ong approved the bail for Solidum and ordered the NBI “to immediately release him.”

Ong declared as moot and academic Solidum’s motion for a special raffle since he has posted bail. When a case has not been raffled off, the division of the presiding justice, in this case the Fourth Division, will entertain bail procedure. Orders and bail-related documents will be forwarded to the division where the case will be raffled.

Solidum’s case stemmed from the complaint of the PAL Employees Association (PALEA) that the prosecutor demanded P10,000 from each respondent or a total of P2.5 million to overturn a resolution of the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office.

The Office of the Ombudsman said Solidum asked for P2.5 million but settled for P1.2 million.

On August 8, the entrapment took place at the Spring Deer Restaurant on Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Solidum was arrested after receiving an envelope containing P3,000 and the marked money.

JOHN CONSTANTINE G. CORDON

 

 

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