09 Jul Guialani Granted to Bail P200K But Retained Under Police Custody, Must Settle Other Cases
Last July 6, 2016, Lumbia police carrying a warrant of arrest for William Guialani, former Taglimao barangay chief, issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 37 nabbed Guialani upon his arrival at Laguindingan airport at around 11:00 PM. It was in June 2015 when Guialani was accused of sexual assault against a 16-year old female who worked at a fast food in Barangay Carmen owned by Guialani.
Guialani denied the accusations and said, “Ang akong pagsabot ani, na pulitika ko. Kay kung imong tan-awon, ang abogado sa babae si Jonathan Pacuribot, nga abogado pud ni Oscar Moreno (The way I understand this, I am a victim of politics. If you look at it, the girl’s lawyer is Jonathan Pacuribot who is also Oscar Moreno’s legal counsel),” as he was interviewed by Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro. He added that he was denied of due process, accusing Mayor Oscar Moreno’s camp influencing the Court’s resolution.
“Sige ko ani ug follow up nga kaso, kadtong dili pa fiscal si Jonathan Pacuribot pero karon matingala ka nga sa pag-deny sa Motion, nigawas pud ni nga kaso, so walay kaduda-duda nga gi manipula gyud kini,” Guialani said mentioning that it was too much of a coincidence that on the same day, the resolution of his case and the Ombudsman’s denial of Moreno’s motion for reconsider came out.
Later in the afternoon of July 7, 2016, Guialani went to RTC Branch 37 to negotiate regarding the bail to be lowered. However, Judge Arthur Abundiente denied Guialani’s plea.
On the same day, Guialani was granted to bail an amount of P200,000 yet retained under police custody. This is because he still has warrants of arrest for grave threat, estafa and among other charges. According to Cagayan de oro City Police (COCPO) spokesperson Superintendent Michael Deloso, Guialani has to resolve his other case to be released from the police custody.