MANILA, Philippines – Newly appointed poll commissioner Grace Padaca posted bail Thursday on the malversation and graft charges filed against her.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas accompanied Padaca in filing the P70,000 bail bond at the Sandiganbayan's 5th Division.
Padaca said President Aquino personally shouldered her P70,000 bail. "Sabi po niya as early as 4 months ago, pera niya, bilang si Noynoy Aquino, ang magpipiyansa sa akin," she told reporters.
"Ako po'y nagpapasalamat sa Pangulo. Hindi lang po yung halaga ng pera ang importante dun kundi yung ibig sabihin yung isang katulad ni Noynoy, isang katulad ni Mar,ay nandito at mas naniniwala ako'y hindi kurakot at walang ninakaw sa mamamayan," she added.
Roxas said the posting of bail paves the way for Padaca's coming in as an ad interim commissioner of the Commission on Elections.
The anti-graft court earlier issued a warrant for Padaca's arrest for a P25 million malversation case filed by former Isabela congressman, Santiago Respicio.
In previous interviews, Padaca said her refusal to post bail is a sign of protest. She filed a motion for certiorari at the Supreme Court to question the probable cause of the case.
Atty. Ruth Ferrer, Sandiganbayan spokeswoman, said the cases against Padaca will not affect her appointment as commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
"Itong kaso namang ito, wala pa naman po tayong conviction, hindi pa naman po siya disqualification pa para ma-appoint si Gov. Padaca sa position na commissioner ng Comelec," she told radio dzMM.
"Normally po kasi, kapag may conviction at may accessory penalty ng disqualification to hold office, that is the only time na hindi siya pwede kasi convicted siya pero masyado na pong malayo yun eh.” Report by Radio dzMM