PCSO Manuel L MoratoMANILA — Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board director Manuel L. Morato challenged the prosecution’s evidence in a plunder charge against as he asked the Sandiganbayan First Division’s to release him from detention on bail.

In a 12-page motion filed last week, lawyer Dante A. Diaz said the Ombudsman’s evidence against the 78-year-old Morato is “almost nil or at the very least, weak,” hence he is entitled to bail.

“The accused in a criminal case for a capital offense is constitutionally entitled to bail when the evidence of guilt is not strong. Once it is determined that the evidence is not strong, bail becomes a matter of right,” Diaz said.

He argued that acts attributed to Morato in the resolution and information filed by the Office of the Ombudsman were mere “ministerial functions done in good faith in the ordinary course of PCSO business.” (Manila Bulletin)