Locsin, Andal acquitted over P15M salaries, allowances

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2019 08:34 PM

MANILA - Former Philippine Communication Satellite Corp. (PHILCOMSAT) and Philippine Overseas Telecommunications Corp. (POTC) executive Enrique Locsin was acquitted by the Sandiganbayan 2nd Division of his graft case for supposedly receiving “grossly exorbitant salaries” from 2003 to 2005.

In a resolution promulgated on July 5, 2019, the anti-graft court granted the demurrer to evidence filed by Locsin, as well as his fellow former Philcomsat and POTC executive Manuel Andal, and ordered the dismissal of their graft cases.

In the information filed by the Office of the Ombdusman, Locsin received P900,000 salary for three years, yearly travel allowances of P550,000 and other expenses such as representation fees totaling P15 million from the Philcomsat Holdings Corp.

Andal supposedly received a total of P11 million.

Locsin and Andal were nominated by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as members of the PHILCOMSAT and POTC boards.

According to the charges against them, the salaries of the two former officials were in disregard of Memorandum Circular No. 40 which allows officials up to a P180,000 maximum salary per annum per sequestered corporation.

In his demurrer to evidence, Locsin said the prosecution failed to establish that he is a public official as PHC is a private corporation and has separate and distinct personality with that of its parent company PHILCOMSAT and POTC.

“Considering that the evidence relied upon by the prosecution is insufficient to prove the accused’s evident bad faith and the undue injury sustained, the court finds that the prosecution failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” the court said in the resolution.

The resolution was promulgated on July 5, 2019 and penned by Associate Justice Michael Frederick Musngi, with the concurrence of Division Chairperson Oscar Herrera, Jr. and Associate Justice Lorifel Pahimna.

Locsin is a brother of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr.