COA ex-chair arrested for plunder


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.

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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