DOJ files graft charges against Napolcom official

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/16 December) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on Monday criminal charges against a ranking government official who was arrested in an entrapment in this city.

Charged for two counts of violation of Republic Act 3019 otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and two counts of direct bribery is Atty. Macapado Guro, National Police Commission (Napolcom) regional director for Region 9.

The DOJ filed the charges against Guro after the local police forwarded Monday three criminal complaints–violations of R.A. 3019, direct bribery and robbery with extortion–against him at the City Prosecutor’s Office.

Supt. Diomarie Albarico, Police Station 7 chief, said Tuesday the city prosecutor “omitted” the robbery with extortion case against Guro.

Guro was arrested in an entrapment last Friday at a pension house in Barangay Sta. Maria, this city.

The entrapment was carried out after Guro allegedly demanded P10,000 from each of two Isabela City policemen who have pending cases at Napolcom.

In exchange, the two policemen were promised the administrative cases against them would be dropped.

Albarico said the respondent-official was released Monday as he managed to obtain “provisional liberty pending trial” after posting a total of P100,000 bail.

The bail covers P30,000 for each count of violation of R.A. 3019, and P20,000 for each count of direct bribery.

Albarico said Regional Trial Court Branch 13 Judge Eric Elumba has granted Guro’s “Extremely Urgent Petition to Post Bail pending preliminary investigation.” (MindaNews)