Ex-PCGG chair Sabio seeks reversal of graft conviction

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2017 03:10 PM

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairperson Camilo Sabio after a trial at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chair Camilo Sabio has filed a motion for reconsideration before the Sandiganbayan 1st Division for the reversal of his graft conviction last month.

The 81-year-old ex-PCGG chair was found guilty on two counts of graft for vehicle lease contracts in 2007 and 2009 with the United Coconut Planters Bank Finance and Leasing Corporation without going through competitive bidding. 

In his motion for reconsideration, Sabio reiterated the statements made by State Auditor Emmanuel Bago during the trial which was also quoted in the decision.

Sabio said Bago testified that there were no funds appropriated to PCGG for the purchase of motor vehicles for 2007 and 2008, thus the PCGG resorted to lease-to-own option to acquire motor vehicles. 

Sabio also reiterated that Bago said that the last time the PCGG used the lease-to-own option was on April 25, 2000, thus the two motor vehicles acquired were already being used by the PCGG for 7 years. 

He also emphasized that the vehicles had already been returned and accepted in good order and condition. 

In its decision the anti-graft court said that undue injury amounting to P5,393,000 and P6,734,619 were caused to the government by Sabio for not undertaking the required procurement process. 

In his motion for reconsideration, Sabio also mentioned that he received commendation from former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, through then Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, for “having faithfully complied with his mandate and accomplished mission during his watch and leadership from May 2, 2005 to September 12, 2010.