Ombudsman orders preliminary investigation vs. 'Euro Generals'

August 13, 2010 11:39 am 

MANILA, Aug. 13 — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered preliminary investigation on all former Philippine National Police (PNP) generals involved in the so-called "Euro Generals" scam in 2008.

The investigation will focused on primarily on possible violations of the ranking PNP officials regarding the country's Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices and Falsification of Public Documents Act.

A team of investigators led by Assistant Ombudsman Joselito Fangon also recommended the filing of graft charges against former PNP comptroller Eliseo De La Paz and his colleagues in connection with his arrest at the Moscow International Airport in October 2008.

Russian authorities found De La Paz and his wife in possession of undeclared cash worth 105,000 euros, which was also above the limit allowed for people to transport cash out of the country.

The investigators also recommended the filing of similar charges against former PNP Director General Avelino Razon Jr. and several top officials including Samuel Rodriguez, Orlando Pestaño, Tomas Rentoy III, Elmer Pelobello, Romeo Ricardo, Emmanuel Carta, Ismael Rafanan, German Doria, Silverio Alarcio Jr., and Jaime Caringal. (PNA)

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