THE Philippine anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has convicted a Cavite provincial prosecutor for bribery.
Bacoor 4th assistant provincial prosecutor Carlos Catubao was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of direct bribery for demanding money from a litigant with a pending case before his office. He was meted a sentence of seven to eight year imprisonment and an accessory penalty of special temporary disqualification by the anti-graft court.
Catubao was also ordered to pay a fine of
P9,000.00 (about US $195).
Records showed that in December 2008, the erring prosecutor demanded P5,000 (about US $108) “drinking money” from complainant Cornelio Ragasa in exchange for a favorable resolution of the estafa case filed against him. In response, Ragasa’s counsel sent
P4,000.00 ( about US $ 87) to Catubao via courier service.
In its 15-page Decision, the Sandiganbayan said “there was a clear intention on [Catubao’s] part to accept and take the money sent and consider it as his own.”