Rudy Duterte secretary sentenced to 6 years

Posted at 07/18/2011 4:38 PM | Updated as of 07/18/2011 9:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The secretary of controversial Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was sentenced to more than 6 years imprisonment after being found guilty of qualified theft.

Regional Trial Court Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio sentenced Hezellen Osiones to 6 years imprisonment for stealing P2,031,932 worth of cash hidden inside the vault of her boss.

The cash was stolen last May 25 inside the vice mayor’s office.

Duterte will supposedly use the money to help cancer patients in the city. Part of it was also earmarked for expenses in his case before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Osiones also acted as the financial custodian of Duterte, which explains her access to the vault. – report from Elric Ayop, ABS-CBN News Davao