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After 23 years of eluding arrest, a former bank employee was arrested during a police operation conducted by detectives of CIDG Baguio City together with the local PNP units, around 6:10 PM on June 6, 2022 in Baguio City.

The arresting team proceeded to the residence of 69-year-old JOSEFINA SALCEDO LOPEZ accused of violating Sec. 3 (e) of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (9 counts) under the Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Fernando P. Cabato, the Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court, First Judicial Region, Branch 62, La Trinidad.

Investigation revealed that since 1992, Lopez who was a Credit Investigator III at PNB La Trinidad Branch in Benguet took advantage of her position as Chairman of the bank’s Credit Committee by giving unwarranted preferences or favors in approving several loan applications under the Discounting Line Against Postdated Checks (DLAPC) without complying to the documentary and collateral requirements of the bank. The accused has been reported of dispensing favors to loan applicants until 1998.

Further, on June 7, 2002 at around 4:45 PM, while the said warrant was being returned and the accused was being presented at the La Trinidad Justice Hall, the same CIDG unit served four (4) more Warrants of Arrest against the accused of 77 counts for the same violation.

Currently, Lopez is detained at the BJMP in La Trinidad, Benguet.

No matter how long offenders can evade arrest, the long arm of the law will eventually get them and the CIDG will be there to ensure that they will be accountable for their crimes.