Former RCBC manager released after posting bail

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RCBC Jupiter Makati branch manager Maia Santos-Deguito was linked to the $81-million Bangaladesh bank heist in March. (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Former RCBC manager Maia Santos-Deguito has been released by the Makati Police early Thursday morning after posting a bail of ₱6,000.

Deguito was temporarily detained at the Makati City Police Custodial and Detention Unit Wednesday afternoon, as she faces perjury charges for her involvement in the $81-million Bangaladesh bank heist in March.

RCBC's Jupiter Makati branch, where Deguito served as a manager, allegedly processed the money stolen by Chinese hackers from the Bangladesh government through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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Makati Police Chief Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra said they had to detain Deguito due to pending requirements from her camp, including the Information and the Fiscal Resolution, where details of Deguito's perjury case are specified.

"May processing pa kaming ginagawa sa PNP. Mga recording and record check. Natapos 'yun mga 1:15 na ng umaga. Ni-release siya kasama ng abugado," Mitra said.

[Translation: "We still processed her papers, including a record check. We completed that by 1:15 a.m. De Guito was with her lawyer when she was released."]  

Deguito's lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said the timing and sudden issuance of arrest, even without them receiving a copy of the case, was dubious and a clear harassment tactic.

He said they are looking into filing charges and seeking the help of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

He also said it was his client's former boss, RCBC President Lorenzo Tan, who filed the perjury case, although it was not clear to him when the case was filed and which particular statement of Deguito was perjurious. He added that he would visit the Pasay City Regional Trial court next week to get the details of the case. 

Aside from perjury, Deguito is also facing money laundering charges. She was also sued by Tan for libel.

CNN Philippines Correspondents Pia Bonalos and Makoi Popioco contributed to this report.