Sandiganbayan clears ex-Manila rep Angping of graft

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Former Manila 3rd District representative Harry Angping has been acquitted of graft by the Sandiganbayan 6th Division over the alleged anomalous hiring of janitors when he was head of Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

With this, the anti-graft court lifted the hold departure order against him as well as ordered the return of his bail bond.

The court ruled the prosecution failed to prove Angping committed graft in picking Philcare Manpower Services in a 2009 deal to provide janitors and gardeners without going through the required public bidding.

However, the court cited Angping consulted with the PCS’s legal office regarding the deal.

“Assuming that accused Angping committed a mistake in not ensuring that the Legal Affairs Office’s advice to him is accurate, it is settled that mistakes committed by a public officer are not actionable absent any clear showing that they were motivated by malice or bad faith,” ruled the court.

“Even assuming that the representations of PSC’s Legal Affairs Office was erroneous, accused Angping’s reliance upon them was justifiable under the circumstances,” it added.