Cam Norte Judge convicted of illegal solicitation
|Office of the Ombudsman|
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 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