Sandiganbayan allows Roderick Paulate to present COA exec as witness

The Sandiganbayan has allowed former Quezon City councilor and actor Roderick Paulate to present a Commission on Audit (COA) official as witness for his defense involving the graft and falsification of public documents charges filed against him over alleged hiring of bogus employees.© Jannielyn Bigtas, GMA NewsSandiganbayan thumbnail

In a six-page resolution, the Sandiganbayan said Paulate’s motion for reconsideration on the court’s previous ruling waiving the presentation of defense witness Emilda Navarro of COA had merit because Navarro’s inability to show up for the agreed trial date was beyond the defense team’s control.Become a More Efficient Writer With This AppAdGrammarly

“We grant the motion for reconsideration. To recall, accused (Paulate) through their counsel, Atty. Nonato, moved to reset the hearing because of the physical inability of Ms. Navarro, the intended witness from COA, to appear and testify as her office needs to finalize the Annual Audit Report and Exit Conference with the Mayor of City of Valenzuela,” the Sandiganbayan said.

The anti-graft court also said Paulate’s counsel exerted efforts to locate and secure the presence of Navarro and submitted proof of their request to allow her to testify as witness.

Likewise, the court said records have shown the exchange of emails between Paulate’s counsel and the lawyer from the COA-Legal Service Sector, where the latter asked for a subpoena issued by the Court addressed to Navarro.

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