Former RCBC Branch Manager Maia Deguito was arrested last Wednesday at a Makati supermarket. Deguito is being charged with perjury for falsely implicating the bank’s president, Lorenzo Tan, in her statements before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee during the investigation of the US$81 million money laundering scandal.
The arrest warrant was issued on August 10 by Judge Eduardo Cruz Solangon Jr of the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 46.
Deguito’s legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, who gained national attention for his open admiration of Adolf Hitler, challenged the arrest order by saying that “the complainant was not identified in the arrest warrant, and that his client did not undergo a preliminary investigation which would have been the basis for an arrest.”
Deguito is expected to post bail, which has been set at Php 6,000 (US$ 130) or .000000146 of the total US$ 89 million that was laundered through her branch.