Morato charged with violating Omnibus Election Code


Posted at Aug 09 2011 01:12 PM | Updated as of Aug 09 2011 09:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Lawyer Bonifacio Alentajan today filed 4 counts of violations of the Omnibus Election Code against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office(PCSO) chairman Manoling Morato.

Alentajan's 27-page complaint affidavit filed with the Commission on Elections(COMELEC) accused Morato of violating section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code for "campaigning for a presidential candidate" in the May 2010 elections.

Alentajan is referring to Morato's alleged promotion of the candidacy of then administration bet Gilbert Teodoro in the now defunct television program sponsored by the PCSO, "Dial M."

Senators who grilled Morato in a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on alleged misuse of PCSO funds, such as Senator Franklin Drilon, accused Morato of electioneering and using public funds "for political purposes."

"I filed the case because I don't want abusive people. And it was clear during the Senate hearing, that he did use his program in campaigning for a presidential candidate," Alentajan told reporters during a visit at the Justice Department today.

Morato has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.