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NBI arrests ex-PCGG chief Sabio over graft conviction

Operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested former Presidential Commission on Good Government chair Camilo Sabio in relation to his conviction for graft.

NBI on Sunday said that Sabio was arrested in his residence on Friday based on a Bench Warrant of Arrest issued by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division in connection to the execution of judgment in the graft case against him before the court.


The graft case stemmed from Sabio's attempt to influence the decision of his brother Court of Appeals Justice Jose Sabio Jr. in regard to a case involving the Government Service Insurance System and Meralco.

“Accused Sabio made the judicial admission that he received a call from Atty. Jesus Santos,  a member of the Board of Trustees of the GSIS. In jurisprudence, judicial admissions are binding upon the party who made them," the Sandiganbayan said of Sabio's case.

"In effect, the party who made such admission is precluded from denying the same unless there is proof of palpable mistake. Here, no such evidence was adduced by the said accused, and thus, he remains bound by his admission,” it added.

After the booking procedures at the NBI head office following his arrest, Sabio was brought to the Sandiganbayan in the afternoon of the same day. The court, however, was temporarily closed for sanitation.

Sabio was then transferred to the NBI Detention Center for custody before he is presented to the anti-graft court on Monday. —LBG, GMA News