01 Dec Court Dismisses Criminal Charges Against UCPB Employees
It was June 25 of this year when Philippine Coast Guard held the suspicious P32M cash owned by United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) under custody before they were able to board a ship bound for Cebu City.
UCPB Cagayan de Oro Branch Employees, Rhodelle Nagac, Leonito Enterina, Reynaldo Puyos, Rolly Estribor and Ma. Cecilia Lim was arrested by authorities on site. The employees were suspected of criminal liabilities after a military intelligence reported that the Maute group were planning to commit terrorism in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City. The police also received intel that an undetermined amount of money was being smuggled out of the conflict areas for safekeeping.
Nagac, Enterina and Puyos were then charged with attempted corruption of public officials. While Estribor and Lim were accused of obstruction of apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders; and additional perjury in solemn affirmation charges against the latter.
Just recently, the National Prosecution Service dismissed all charges against the suspects after determining that there was not enough reason nor evidence in prosecuting the employees.
PCG has returned the said money to the UCPB.