Former judge faces raps for granting bail to trafficking suspects

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2018 02:54 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2018 12:20 PM

Former Tacloban Regional Trial Court Judge Crisologo Bitas was charged with two counts of graft by the Office of the Ombudsman at the Sandiganbayan for granting bail to two individuals accused of trafficking.

According to the information filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, Bitas gave “uwarranted benefit, advantage or preference” to Danilo Miralles and Lynna Brito in 2011.

Miralles and Brito were facing two criminal cases under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

The Office of the Ombudsman said Bitas granted bail to Miralles and Brito “absent an application/petition for bail, and without a hearing for this purpose despite the fact that the crime charged against them is punishable by life imprisonment where bail is not a matter of right.”

The recommended bail for Bitas is P30,000 for each of the two graft cases.