The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Special Fifth Division found sufficient grounds to proceed to trial in the graft cases filed against former Police Chief Superintendent (P/CSupt.) Raul Petrasanta and several other former police officials in connection with the allegedly anomalous issuance of firearm licenses for AK47 rifles from August 2011 to April 2013.
The eight-page ruling dated February 29 and made public on Friday was signed by Associate Justice Roland Jurado, who leads the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division, and Associate Justices Alexander Gesmundo and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.
Corresponding warrants of arrest will be issued against the accused in these cases except for accused Sumalde, whose Motion for Reconsideration is still pending before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Earlier, the Office of the Ombudsman charged Petrasanta, retired Police Director Gil Meneses, former P/Dir. Napoleon Estilles of the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), former P/CSupt. Tomas Rentoy 3rd, former P/CSupt. Regino Catiis, former Police Senior Superintendent (P/SSupt.) Eduardo Acierto, former Police Senior Superintendent (P/SSupt.) Allan Parreño, former Police Superintendent (P/Supt.) Nelson Bautista, former Police Chief Inspector (P/CInsp.) Ricardo Zapata Jr., former P/CInsp Ricky Sumalde, former Senior Police Officer (SPO1) Eric Tan, former SPO1 Randy De Sesto, and former non-uniformed personnel (NUP) Nora Pirote and Sol Bargan.
Likewise charged was Isidro Lozada who was from Caraga Security Agency.