NBI arrests former PCGG chief Sabio on graft charges

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 7) — The National Bureau of Investigation has announced it arrested on Friday former chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government Atty. Camilo Sabio in relation to the execution of judgment in one of the criminal cases against him pending before the Sandiganbayan.

The NBI said agents arrested Sabio at his residence in Quezon City, based on a bench warrant of arrest issued by the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan.

The Sandiganbayan's special Fourth Division found Sabio guilty of graft in November 2019 after he tried to persuade his brother, who was then acting chairperson of a Court of Appeals division, in a case involving the Government Service Insurance System.

Sabio, who chaired the PCGG from 2005 to 2010, has a number of graft charges pending before the Sandiganbayan for Violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act allegedly committed during his stint at the PCGG.

The NBI said Sabio was brought to the Sandiganbayan Friday afternoon, following usual booking procedures at the NBI head Office. The Sandiganbayan, however, was temporarily closed at the time due to the sanitation of the area because of COVID-19.

The NBI said Sabio was returned to the NBI detention center. He will be presented before the Sandiganbayan on Monday.