Dismissed PMA comptroller under ‘intense custody’ in Camp Aguinaldo

Published August 15, 2018, 6:12 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Francis Wakefield

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo Wednesday said the military official, who has been dismissed from service for the alleged malversation of P15 million in funds from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), is now under “intense” custody inside Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In an interview, Arevalo said Lt. Col Hector Maraña, PMA comptroller, has been placed under maximum security at Camp Aguinaldo since his case was heard.

Lt. Col. Hector Marana (Francis Wakefield/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Lt. Col. Hector Marana (Francis Wakefield/ MANILA BULLETIN)

“Lt. Col. Maraña is now under intense custody, nandito sya atin sa (he’s here at our) maximum security cell dito sa loob ng (inside) Camp Aguinaldo but he will, pending the processes that we are doing, be transferred to the New Bilibid Prisons where he will be serving his imprisonment,” Arevalo said.

“Since nung dinidinig ‘yung kanyang kaso (his case was heard) he is already on restricted custody but since ngayong convicted na sya (he’s already convicted), he is really put on confinement, nakakulong na sya ngayon (he’s in jail).” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the dismissal order of Maraña in the middle of his speech during a business forum in Malacañang on Tuesday.

The commander-in-chief also approved the recommendation of the military to send Maraña to jail for six to 12 years for his offense.

“Send the guy to hell. That’s an order,” Duterte said as he signed the dismissal order of Maraña.

“I approve his dismissal… He malversed P15 million of the cadets’ allowance,” he added, reading the recommendation of the court martial that convicted Maraña.

Duterte also affirmed the recommendation to send Maraña to jail for “six to 12 years” for his offense. “This is good,” he added.

Arevalo said Maraña, treasurer of the PMA cadet corps, was convicted of the fund anomaly last month by a court martial.

He clarified that Maraña was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for malversation of funds.

The court martial’s recommendation was submitted to the President for his review and approval.

The removal of the PMA official came a day after the President ordered the dismissal and start of court martial proceedings against at least 20 top officials of a military hospital over anomalous transactions.

Among those dismissed were Edwin Leo Torrelavega, commander of the AFP Health Service Command, and Colonel Antonio Punzalan, commander of the V. Luna Medical Center.