COA ex-chair arrested for plunder

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Former Commission on Audit (COA) chairman Reynaldo Villar, a co-accused of forrmer President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the alleged plunder of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes’ intelligence fund, was arrested by the police at his home in Parañaque City on Thursday afternoon, police reports said.

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Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Dir. Benjamin Magalong said Villar was arrested on warrants issued by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court for the case People of the Philippines v. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo et al at his residence at No. 5, Washington, Merville at around 4 p.m.
The charge sheet in the plunder case accuses Arroyo and her co-accused, mostly the former president’s appointees to the PCSO board, of having “conspired . . . in withdrawing, amassing, accumulating public funds worth P391.9 million from July 2007 to January 2010 . . .[and]by circumventing and/or violating the subject COA circulars relative . . . to the liquidation of  complainant PCSO’s intelligence/ confidential funds.”

Also accused in the case are former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte; former board members Sergio Valencia, Manuel Morato, Raymundo Roquero, Jose Taruc and Ma. Fatima Valdes; PCSO assistant general manager for finance Benigno Aguas; and COA Region 5 director Nilda Plaras.

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