Ex-PCGG chief Sabio's arraignment postponed anew

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2017 07:23 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 5th Division on Friday postponed anew the arraignment of former Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chair Camilo Sabio for his three malversation of public funds cases.

The 82-year old Sabio told the court that his lawyer, a certain Atty. Saavedra, is in Mindanao and could not make it to the hearing.

Sabio also admitted to the court that he could no longer keep track of his numerous cases pending before the Sandiganbayan.

The anti-graft court rescheduled Sabio's arraignment to Nov. 24 and told the former PCGG chair that if he still has no lawyer by then, the court would appoint a de officio counsel.

Sabio is facing malversation charges for allegedly misappropriating, misapplying, embezzling, or taking away a total of P632,428 in public funds to the damage and prejudice of the government.

The former official had allegedly failed to liquidate such amount of cash advances he incurred in 2008 and 2009.

Sabio was arrested for the charges in September. He was briefly detained at the National Bureau of Investigation and later allowed to post reduced bail.

It followed his conviction for 2 counts of graft in June, when he was sentenced to 12 to 20 years in jail for the alleged anomalous lease of vehicles in 2007 and 2009.

Sabio's conviction stemmed from the PCGG's rental of 11 vehicles for P12.66 million, some of which he and several other agency officials used.

The Office of the Ombudsman had charged Sabio and 4 others with graft in 2011 for supposedly failing to hold a bidding process for the contracts. He has appealed his conviction.