DENR officer makes inconsistent excuses, gets sacked for demanding P10K for release of jeepney

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the dismissal of a legal assistant of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol office for demanding a P10,000 bribe in exchange for the release of an impounded jeepney in 2013, as it noted inconsistencies in his excuses.

In a recent 2-page resolution, the CA Former Special 4th Division denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Roger Madrideo and sustained its February 22, 2019 decision against him.

The CA in the February decision upheld the Civil Service Commission (CSC) regional office and central office’s September 28, 2016 and February 28, 2018 decisions finding Madrideo liable for grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

During the preliminary investigation before the Office of the City Prosecutor—which tackled the criminal case for direct bribery—Madrideo claimed that a certain San Juan “suddenly grabbed [his] hand and forcefully tried to hand some money to [him].”

But, in his motion for reconsideration “inserted the money [in his pocket]” when the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents arrested him in an entrapment operation.

“Regrettably, neither of his versions can be validated by the evidence,” read the resolution penned by Associate Justice Manuel Barrios.

“Either way, petitioner was found in possession of the bribe money that he sought for in consideration of the release of the impounded vehicle. It was he himself who solicited the money to do an act which is within his official capacity to do,” it added.

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