Dismissed Philippine prosecutor, faces bribery charges

Ombudsman_of_the_Philippines_sealTHE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of a Quezon City assistant prosecutor who was found guilty of accepting bribe money from a complainant.

Edgar Navales was fired from service as an assistant prosecutor and perpetually disqualified from holding public office or from taking the government’s civil service examination. At the same time his government eligibility was cancelled.

However, he was given the option to pay a fine equivalent to the amount of his one year salary in lieu of his dismissal from office. Nevertheless, the Ombudsman said it will still file direct bribery charges against Navales before the Sandiganbayan, the government’s anti-graft court.

In a statement, the Ombudsman said Navales was found guilty of grave misconduct after it was proven that he asked for and received bribe money in 2014 from a complainant, Reynaldo de Leon, who filed a carnapping case before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office.

The case was later raffled to Navales’ office in July. After almost two months of preliminary investigation, Navales asked the complainant for a meeting claiming that he “had information that someone was trying to fix the case filed by De Leon.”  They then met in a restaurant along Visayas Avenue where Navales asked P100,000 (US $2,173) from De Leon to make the case “prosper.”

In October, Navales asked De Leon to buy from him two booklets of raffle tickets worth P4,000 (US 86.95).

A total of P103,000.00 (US $2,239) was accepted and received by Navales from De Leon, the Ombudsman noted.

The Ombudsman said “it is clear that respondent asked complainant to pay and accepted money in connection with a case pending before him. It added that “the deposit of these amounts is corroborated by printouts of text messages between complainant and respondent wherein the latter confirmed receipt of the cash deposited.”

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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