GMA co-accused in PCSO plunder case surrenders

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jan 18 2013 07:23 PM | Updated as of Jan 19 2013 08:49 PM

MANILA - A co-accused of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the P366-million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) plunder case before the Sandiganbayan surrendered to authorities Friday after 6 months in hiding. 

Raymundo Roquero, former director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), turned himself to operatives of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) at around 5 p.m. on Friday in a restaurant in Quezon City.

Roquero, Mrs. Arroyo and several others were charged with plunder in connection with alleged misuse of PCSO intelligence funds amounting to P366 million. 

PAOCC sources said Roquero met with PAOCC operatives at Pancake House on Malakas St. in Diliman district before he was turned over to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office in Camp Crame.

Roquero left the country for Los Angeles in the US on July 23, 2012, a day after the Bureau of Immigration received the order from the Sandiganbayan placing him under the hold departure list. 

He returned to the country eight days later, but remained on the run until his surrender.