A Philippine provincial prosecutor was jailed for bribery

Facade of the Sandiganbayan complex in Quezon City ©
Facade of the Sandiganbayan complex in Quezon City ©

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.”



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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