Anti-graft court orders arrest of Razon, 32 others-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
(UPDATED) The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Avelino "Sonny" Razon Jr. and 32 others over graft and malversation charges in connection with an anomalous transaction made in 2007.
In July this year, the Office of the Ombudsman filed criminal charges against Razon for the questionable repair and refurbishment of PNP Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs).
While graft is a bailable case, the Office of the Ombudsman recommended no bail for the malversation of public funds filed against Razon and 28 others.
In a four-page resolution signed by Acting Presiding Justice Gregory Ong and Associate Justices Alex. L. Quiroz and Maria Cristina Cornejo, it said, "The Court hereby finds that there is probable cause for the issuance of the corresponding warrants of arrest against the accused. No bail is set or fixed in Criminal Cases Nos. SB-13-CRM-0772, 0773, 0774 and 0775 at this time since said cases involve a crime punishable with reclusion perpetua, for which reason bail is not a matter of right."
Aside from Razon, also covered by the "no bail" order are former PNP comptrollers Geary Barias, Eliseo de la Paz, Reynaldo Varilla and Charlemagne Alejandrino; Chief Supt. Teodorido R. Lapuz IV; Sr. Supts. Emmanuel D. Ojeda and Reuel Leverne Labrado; Supts. Warlito Tubon, Henry Duque, Josefina Dumanew, Rainier Espina and Edgar Paatan; Chief Insp. Analee Forro; and SPO4s Victor Puddao and Alfredo Lavina.
Also included are PNP non-uniformed personnel Antonio Retrato, Eulito Fuentes, Alex Barrameda, Patricia Enaje, Ma. Teresa Narcise and Nancy Basallo; newspaperman Artemio Zuniga; and traders Pamela Pensotes, Evangeline Bais, Harold Ong, Tyrone Ong, Gigie Marpa and Marianne Jimenez.
The complaint alleges that Razon and his co-accused made fictitious payments for the repair and maintenance of LAVs in 2007 and 2008. The total payments amounted to close to P400 million.
Prosecutors said the accused held a questionable public bidding as the Invitation to Bid was published in a “non-existent publication outfit” called the Alppa Times News. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)