Prosecutor accused of Bribery posts bail

Manila, Philippines --- Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Prosecutor III Diosdado Solidum Jr., who was caught in an entrapment operation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents Thursday, posted a bail bond of R60,000 yesterday at the Sandiganbayan for two criminal complaints filed against him by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Accompanied by two NBI agents, Solidum personally went to the Sandiganbayan yesterday morning and immediately posted bail to prevent the issuance of arrest against him.

Solidum posted R30,000 each for violation of Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code or direct bribery and Republic Act 6713 or violation of Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

NBI agents caught Solidum in an entrapment operation for allegedly demanding some R2.5 million from members of an airline workers' union.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she had authorized the entrapment of Solidum, who was accused by 241 members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (Palea) of asking them to pay him R2.5 million in exchange for dropping a case filed against them.

The NBI said that Solidum was arrested on Thursday night by members of its counterterrorism division at a Quezon City establishment.

After his arrest, Solidum underwent inquest proceedings and was immediately charged Friday with two criminal charges by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Following the operation, De Lima said: "I've said it before and will say it again that I don't mind undertaking such entrapment operations against our own people and suffering consequent embarrassment for the institution, if only to send a clear and strong signal that corruption has no place in the DOJ.

"I will not stop until the scalawags among the DOJ ranks, especially prosecutors, stop permanently their nefarious activities and/or they are all caught and punished. My inflexible mantra is: The DOJ should be able to fulfill its mandate with zero corruption," she said.

The case involved a complaint that the Philippine Airlines (PAL) management filed against Palea members following their sit-down strike at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sept. 27, 2011.The strike was to protest a controversial outsourcing scheme that led to the loss of more than 2,000 regular jobs.

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