Camacho sets trial on Rota of Rota DCCA chief

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has set on Rota the jury trial of Rota Department of Community and Cultural Affairs resident director Josepha Barcinas Manglona.

Camacho ordered the parties to appear at the jury trial at Superior Court on Rota on Oct. 13, 2015.

Members of the CNMI Public Corruption and White Collar Crimes Task Force arrested the 53-year-old Manglona on Rota last April 16 on corruption charges that stemmed from April 13, 2013 when, as the director for Rota Aging Center, she took a $1,000-pool table from the Center and traded it with another person for hollow blocks to build her kitchen.

The pool table was said to have been donated by a former Rota senator to the Aging Center.

Manglona was released after she posted a $1,000 cash bail and $49,000 in unsecured bond.

The information charged Manglona with one count of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking or disposition, two counts of misconduct in public office, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and removal of government property.

Former Judge Timothy H. Bellas is counsel for Manglona. Chief Prosecutor Leonardo Rapadas is prosecuting the case.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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