Suspected coup plotter, former Marine Commandant Major General Renato Miranda, has come out of hiding after becoming one of the beneficiaries of the December 8, 2015 decision of the Supreme Court which declared as bailable with the complex crime of malversation through falsification of public documents.
Since the Sandiganbayan Third Division ordered his arrest on January 25, 2016, Miranda surfaced more than three months later on April 29 to post a P230,000 bail for his provisional freedom before the anti-graft court for one count graft and one count of malversation through falsification of public documents.
The former marine commandant was charged in connection with allegely pocketing more than P36 million in clothing allowance in 2000.
Miranda was able to post bail after the Office of the Ombudsman decided to amend the information on the malversation case by indicating that the recommended bail is at P200,000 instead of having no recommended bail.
The Ombudsman made the amendments due to the Supreme Court’s December 8, 2015 decision on the case of former Bacolod City Mayor Luzviminda Valdez wherein the High Court declared bail as a matter of right for those charged with the complex crime of malversation through falsification of public documents involving the amount of more than P22,000.
Meanwhile, the anti-graft court has set the arraignment of Miranda on June 5, 2016.