Sandigan clears ex-PCSO chair of plunder
THE Sandiganbayan has acquitted the last ex-Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) official involved in the plunder case of former President, and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The anti-graft Court has acquitted former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte of plunder in the P366 million PCSO confidential or intelligence funds case she was accused in.
In its decision dated May 11, the Sandiganbayan, in acquitting Uriarte, cited the Supreme Court’s July 19, 2016 decision which absolved Arroyo of plunder.
It said that SC ruling also “categorically cleared Uriarte” despite her being a fugitive until November 2016.
The prosecution also said it had “not adduced any new or compelling evidence” against the former PCSO executive.
“The prosecution has not adduced any new or compelling evidence to warrant a finding different from what has already been rendered by the Supreme Cou r t . Thu s , as the High Tribunal categori-