Sandiganbayan finds enough evidence vs cops involved in medical lab irregularity

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2019 08:42 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 7th Division said there was sufficient evidence against two Pampanga police officials and a business owner involved in graft cases in connection with the irregular operation of a laboratory inside a police camp in 2010.

The court denied the motions for leave to file demurrer to evidence filed by Senior Superintendent Elizabeth Milanes, Senior Superintendent Digna Olivares-Ambas, and Edgar Indiongco in a resolution adopted on March 4.

They are facing 4 counts of graft for irregularities in the operation of E. Indiongco Diagnostic Laboratory inside Camp Olivas in Pampanga, with a total amount of P1.686 million collected from police recruits without issuing receipts, not paying rent and denying clearance to applicants who went to other laboratories.

It was also alleged that the contract to operate the laboratory did not undergo public bidding and the laboratory utilized students undergoing on-the-job training without the supervision of an organic personnel of the health service.

“After a circumspect examination thereof, sufficient evidence is found, if unrebutted, to sustain the charge against all three,” the court said in the resolution penned by Division Chairperson Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta, with the concurrence of Associate Justices Zaldy Trespeses and Georgina Hidalgo.

Among the issues raised by the accused in their motions were the following: their acts were ministerial, no evidence on the non-payment of rental, as well as the the lack of public bidding. 

“The grounds alleged in the motions are best considered when the cases are submitted for judgment,” the court said. 

With the denial of their motions, the accused were directed by the court to start presenting their evidence starting March 6.