Ex-Finance exec brought to Sandiganbayan for plunder

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2010 11:44 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2010 08:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A former deputy director of the Department of Finance (DOF) was brought to the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday after he was arrested for plunder.

Uldarico Andutan Jr. was apprehended by members of the Aviation Security Group-6 on November 8 at the Iloilo Airport.

He is accused of using his former position to amass over P73 million for 3 years.

Andutan allegedly approved the spurious tax credit applications of Filstar Textile Industrial Corp even if the company was not entitled to it.

He was first brought to a hospital in Camp Crame in Quezon City after his blood pressure shot up. He was then delivered to the Sheriff's Office of the Sandiganbayan, where he is currently detained.

Andutan and his counsel refused to give any comment at this time.

Andutan is accused together with 7 other government officials and private individuals, all of whom are still at large.

One of those accused is former DOF Assistant Secretary Antonio Belicena.