MANILA - Actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate posted bail on Friday at the Sandiganbayan 7th Division after he was indicted for graft and falsification by the Office of the Ombudsman.
Paulate posted a total of P246,000 for one count of graft, one count of falsification by a public officer and eight counts of falsification of public documents.
His co-accused liaison officer Vicente Bajamunde posted P220,000 for one count of graft and eight counts of falsification of public documents.
Paulate and Bajamunde are facing criminal charges for their supposed conspiracy on the hiring of 30 ghost employees at the city hall, causing "undue injury" to the government in the total amount of P1.1 million.
The Ombudsman said Bajamunde supposedly collected the salaries of the ghost employees from July to November 2010, upon presentation of authorization letters allegedly signed by Paulate.
The anti-graft court has yet to release its resolution on the determination of probable cause to proceed with the trial of the two accused.
They are tentatively scheduled for arraignment on May 25 at 8:30 a.m.