Cam Norte Judge convicted of illegal solicitation

Office of the Ombudsman
Prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman secured the conviction former Regional Trial Court judge Owen Amor of Daet, Camarines Norte for violation of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).

Amor was sentenced to imprisonment of three years and was disqualified from holding any public office.

Prosecutors presented witnesses who testified that in January 2000, Amor unlawfully solicited and accepted P400,000.00 from P/Supt. Danilo Manzano in exchange for the dismissal of the criminal cases pending before the sala of the accused.

Manzano testified that Amor invited him to go to his residence where the judge explained “the gravity of his cases and that his opponent who is very influential offered him P1million” to convict the police officer.

Amor was quoted as saying “that he favored the police more and asked Manzano to produce half of his opponent’s offer for his acquittal.”

Manzano then sought the assistance of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force who conducted surveillance and entrapment operations. In 24 January 2000, Amor was entrapped at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City and was caught receiving and accepting the boodle money.

In a Decision promulgated on 01 December 2015, the Sandiganbayan resolved that “the facts and evidence presented by the prosecution positively show that indeed, Judge Amor solicited and accepted money from P/Supt. Danilo Manzano.”

The Decision stated that “the accused, who is not a mere court employee but a Presiding Judge who is entrusted by the public to render impartial judgment free from influence, should be reminded that the nature and responsibilities of public officers” and that “those involved in the administration of justice must live up to the strictest standards of honesty and integrity in the public service.”

Section 7(d) of R.A. No. 6713 states that public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties


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