Ex-RCBC branch manager Deguito arrested


Posted at Aug 17 2016 07:58 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2016 10:10 PM

Ex-RCBC branch manager Deguito arrested 1
Former branch manager of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.(RCBC) Maia Deguito Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Maia Deguito, the former branch manager of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) tagged in the $81-million money laundering scandal, was arrested on Wednesday for perjury, police said.

Deguito was arrested in a supermarket in Makati City by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Eduardo Cruz Solangon Jr. of Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 46. 

The arrest warrant was issued on August 10.

Deguito's legal counsel said the complainant was not identified in the arrest warrant. 

Deguito also did not undergo preliminary investigation, which should have been the basis for the arrest, the lawyer said.

Deguito will post bail of P6,000.

In April, then-RCBC president Lorenzo Tan sued Deguito and her lawyer Ferdinand Topacio for libel and false testimony over her statements on the $81 million heist involving Bangladesh central bank funds.

READ: RCBC's Lorenzo Tan sues Deguito, Topacio

Deguito, who also faces money laundering charges, maintained her innocence and claimed she was a "scapegoat" in the heist. -- Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News