Zamboanga City prosecutor faces trial for graft
The Office of the Ombudsman has issued a Resolution finding probable cause to charge Zamboanga Deputy City Prosecutor Roselyn Murillo-Mamon with violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). Also included in the charge sheet is private lawyer Pherham Saiddi.
Complainant Police Officer III Flavio Enriquez, Jr. narrated that on 22 July 2013, Mamon called him and offered P250,000.00 to P300,000.00 in exchange for not implicating a certain Dadol Mansul and Police Officer Phon Mohammad in a Frustrated Murder case pending before Mamon’s office. PO III Enriquez also alleged that Saiddi, legal counsel of Mansul and Mohammad, asked “complainant how much he wanted to receive in exchange for not implicating his clients.” Enriquez reported the incident to his superiors and an entrapment operation was prepared.
In August 2013, Mamon and Saiddi were entrapped by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation. The two lawyers were caught handing over to Enriquez a brown envelope containing P200,000.00.
Both respondents claimed that the P200,000.00 was part of the “blood money” and not a bribe offer.
Per Resolution of 13 June 2016, respondent Mamon “displayed manifest partiality in favor of Mansul and PO3 Mohammad by actively persuading complainant not to implicate them in [the] criminal case.”
Under Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019, public officials are prohibited from causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.