SIX of the seven suspects who were accused of extorting Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno have posted bail worth P100,000 each as recommended by the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO).
Regional State Prosecutor Merlyn Uy on Thursday, July 18, said that after the CPO indicted the six accused, the case now rests at the Regional Trial Court Branch 21 for trial proceedings.
The three-member panel of prosecutors in CPO led by Ruby Teleron-Malanog, released its resolution on Tuesday, July 16, and recommended a bail amounting to P100,000 each.
The six accused were identified as Ryan Mabborang, Wilma Pangandigan, Thong Pangandigan, Mohaimin Ulimpaen, Sadam Taliba, and Donna Bansil.
The resolution, however, was held in abeyance for Mark Adrian Tan, who availed his right to a preliminary investigation, pending his submission of counter-evidence within 10 days.
After which, it is submitted for resolution, the prosecution stated.
The case was in relation to the alleged extorting of the accused against Moreno for a P1.3 million amount in exchange for the liberty of his son, Sean, who is currently detained in Pampanga after being caught in an illegal drug bust last month.
In an earlier press conference Monday, Moreno said he received a call last July 9 from Mabbora, who introduced himself as Colonel Sifuentes, the deputy director for operations of Police Regional Office-Northern Mindanao.
The first call was an introduction, telling Moreno he was a classmate of a certain Colonel Llanera, the deputy director for operations in Angeles City, Pampanga, where the mayor’s son -- Sean Moreno -- was arrested over drug charges.
Moreno said the suspect asked him P1.5 million at first, but he was able to negotiate and reduce it to P1.3 million. Moreno also disclosed he already had doubts as to the voice of the caller, saying it sounded too young for a colonel.
Moreno then called Sifuentes himself, using another number and told him about the incident, where the mayor confirmed that the caller was a fake one.
Two days later, the CIDG agents zeroed in on the seven suspects, five of them arrested at a café in Limketkai Mall, while the two others were collared in a mall in Barangay Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City. (Jo Ann Sablad)