Philrem Service Corp. President Salud Bautista posted P30,000 bail for her provisional liberty on Tuesday afternoon over a graft case she is facing at the Sandiganbayan along with several others in connection with the alleged anomalous courier deal entered into by the Philippine National Police (PNP) with Werfast Documentation Agency, Inc. (Werfast) in 2011.
Bautista voluntarily surrendered after the anti-graft court’s Sixth Division earlier found sufficient grounds to try the case and issued an arrest warrant against the respondents.
With her posting of bail, the court recalled its order to arrest her and set the arraignment on June 20.
Earlier this month, the Office of the Ombudsman filed the graft charge at the Sandiganbayan against former PNP Director General Alan Purisima and 16 others.
Bautista was one of five individuals who were identified in the charge sheet as Werfast incorporators, namely: Mario Juan, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena, and Juliana Pasia.
The other respondents include former PNP officials Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Raul Petrasanta, Allan Parreño, Eduardo Acierto, Melchor Reyes, Lenbell Fabia, Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, Ford Tuazon, and Ricardo Zapata Jr.
All of the respondents are now out on bail after they each posted P30,000 cash bond.
The Ombudsman alleged that the respondents gave Werfast unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement with the said firm for courier services for firearms license applications, approving and implementing as mandatory the delivery by courier of firearms license cards, and granting Werfast accreditation as the PNP’s courier service provider for all such applications despite the firm’s supposed failure to comply with government regulations on courier services.
These regulations include prior registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, authority from the Department of Transportation and Communications to operate a delivery service, and accreditation by the Department of Science and Technology.
The PNP terminated the deal in March 2014.