Ex-general Ligot posts bail

MANILA, Philippines - Retired military comptroller Jacinto Ligot went to the Sandiganbayan on Friday, April 26, to post bail amounting to P66,000 for the perjury charges filed against him.

Ligot arrived at 10:30 am and finished the process after almost an hour. Bail is needed to keep him out of jail. The court on Thursday, April 25, ordered his arrest and issued a hold departure order against him (HDO).

On April 13, the Office of the Ombudsman filed 11 counts of perjury charges against Ligot before the Sandiganbayan, accusing him of making numerous false declarations in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth from 1993 to 2003.

The arrest warrant was issued by the court's 1st division. The HDO was signed by Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz, division chairman.

Ligot, a retired lieutenant general, has been accused of amassing unexplained wealth during his term as comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The comptroller who succeeded him, retired Maj Gen Carlos Garcia, also once faced plunder charges until he entered into a plea bargain deal with the Ombudsman under then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. The Sandiganbayan recently upheld the legality of the deal.

On March 6, Ligot won a temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court when it lifted a 2005 freeze order on his assets amounting to P54-M. - Rappler.com