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.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR Ederic Eder, Yahoo! Southeast Asia - The Inbox
    Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Commentary By Ellen T. Tordesillas Last Tuesday, while in Baguio City for their summer session, the Supreme Court denied all the Motions for Reconsideration on Online Libel which it upheld in its Feb. 18, 2014 decision. It will be recalled … Continue reading → …

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls VERA Files - The Inbox
    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free  participation of  Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → …

  • The other side of Palawan Ellen Tordesillas, Contributor - The Inbox
    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options