Pangilinan, Casiño: ‘How did Genuino kids get off?’



Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the “vanishing act” of the Genuino siblings—Erwin, Sheryl and Anthony—left more questions than answers, considering that they were said to be the main beneficiaries of their father’s alleged illicit use of Pagcor funds. INQUIRER PHOTO

A senator and a representative have asked the Department of Justice to explain why the three children of former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chairman Efraim Genuino were dropped from the plunder, corruption and malversation charges the DOJ filed in the Office of the Ombudsman.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the “vanishing act” of the Genuino siblings—Erwin, Sheryl and Anthony—left more questions than answers, considering that they were said to be the main beneficiaries of their father’s alleged illicit use of Pagcor funds.

“I have been hearing about this so-called Mafia from my own sources. Secretary Leila de Lima should throw the book at these people who are out to derail the anticorruption efforts of this administration,” said Pangilinan in a text message.

In a phone interview, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño said he found it “curious” that the DOJ should drop the Genuino children, who were named in the original complaint lodged by the current Pagcor management in September against their father and some associates, from the charges.

“Why were these supposed beneficiaries of plunder and malversation of public funds not included in the case? In fact it was precisely because the beneficiaries of the transactions were Genuino’s children that made the transactions anomalous,” said Casiño.

In July 2011, Pagcor filed plunder charges against Genuino and 40 others, including Erwin and Sheryl, for allegedly misappropriating at least P186 million of the state-run casino’s  funds for Genuino’s  party-list group, Bida Foundation, from 2003 to 2010.

Pagcor followed this up with charges of malversation and graft against Genuino and five others, including Erwin, for using P26.7 million of Pagcor’s money to produce the movie “Baler” in 2008, the proceeds of which were to go to Bida Foundation; and malversation charges against Genuino and several others, including Erwin and Anthony, for allegedly misappropriating P1.4 million worth of rice donated for typhoon victims in the country.

The rice donations were instead used to bolster the campaign of Anthony and Erwin who ran for mayor of Los Baños, Laguna, and Makati City, respectively, in 2010. Anthony won but Erwin lost.

The DOJ said the charges against Erwin, Sheryl and Anthony Genuino were dropped due to lack of evidence, without offering any explanation.

Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, head of the DOJ panel handling the case, did not reply to the Inquirer’s queries.

Casiño said Pagcor legal counsel Jay Santiago was himself surprised the Genuino children were dropped from the plunder charges.

“Why did the DOJ tinker with the case and drop the Genuino children? If the cases filed by Pagcor were weak, why was the DOJ not able to build up the cases since they were with them for one whole year?” said Casiño.

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  • Political Jaywalker

     Perhaps instead of asking the DoJ why the 3 sons of Genuino’s plunder raps was dropped, they should just ask how much, hehehe.

    Well, the problem with DoJ it appears is their whacked sense of priorities if we go by how they are so eager beaver at arresting a retired school teacher for cyber libel or some are just probably too busy trying to be a Katrina Halili & Hayden Camera Kho video taping their own sexcapades, LOL.

  • esther


  • anu12345

     “malversation of public funds”

    When I used this phrase when I talked to an American friend, he couldn’t understand it. He said it’s wrong usage of the word. I told him it is common in the Philippines.

    • Loggnat

       It is called misappropriation of public funds or in simple talk ‘stealing’. .:).

      • anu12345

         I looked it up and I believe the American is right. Wrong usage.

  • tata_boy

    gising de lima, huwag ka namang tutulog-tulog sa pansitan tulad ni Pnoy.

  • Pedro

    Pangilinan  and  Casino  have a point here !  DOJ secretary  De Lima, pls  investigate  your  investigators !  Baka  may  nagkakapera  na dyan, tahimik na tahimik  lang !!

  • Fred

    Eh natutulog lamang sa pansitan ang mga bright boys kuno.
    Hoy gising?
    Bakit nga ba hindi sila kasali?
    Ang baho nyo!

  • pepito gwaps

    The campaign for clean govt has begun but the culture of corruption is still everywhere.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Lalong lumabo ang hustisya sa ating bansa basta pera na talaga pag-uusapan magkano kaya sinuhol sa mga taga DOJ para hindi makasama sa kaso etong mga buwayang Genuino Kidsback.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Sec. Leila De Lima para atang sa loob pa nang iyong tanggapan nagkakasuhulan etong mga tao mo para hindi mapasama sa listahan ang mga Genuino.. kelangan na siguro palitan ng mga bagong staff yan ahensya mo…inaanay na rin.

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    In fairness, wag nating madaliin. baka ma bulilyaso nanaman.

    The sins of the father may not necessarily be that of the children. AT pag ipinag sama mo, baka ma muddle ang issue.  For example, pwede robbery kay papa, pero fencing stolen goods kay kuya at ate.

    Pag ipinag sama mo sa isang asunto, back in the mind of a judge, pag mahina ang kaso nung isa, baka maapektohan yung isa thru empathy which is human nature after all.

    File only when good and ready, and have enough to win.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Pangilinan, Casiño: ‘How did Genuino kids get off?’

    Because DOJ decided to also let Naguiat off the hook for misusing Pagcor cars as his personal school bus for his children recently caught on video, with his driver’s admission too. If DOJ pushes too far, the video on Naguiat’s privileged children might gain further circulation. And if the congressional hearing on the Okada lobby fund yielded nothing, that’s because Naguiat et al prefer it that way. Whichever way you look at it, the story just doesn’t add up. Okada is a crafty old fox. He would not have parted with $30 billion in early 2010 in favor of someone who’s about to leave office. Okada would have figured out as early as late 2009 that Genuino will be out of office by 2010. Any lobby fund or bribe for that matter should be going to Genuino’s probable successor Naguiat. And this is where things get complicated. The deeper DOJ digs into this whole mess, the more they will dig up sh*t implicating Naguiat. Stumped by the dilemma of selective application of the law, the administration and DOJ have no idea how to get Genuino without dragging Naguiat into it. The dilemma of protecting KKK, Inc.

    Btw, I still think Senator Kiko Pangilinan is better suited than Theodore Te for the role of SC spokesperson. Kiko is so good at chismax and gossips.

    • balut123

      saan mo naman nakuha ang figure na 30 Billion Dollars…ang laki yata nun para itapon sa Pinas…..get your facts straight…ikaw yata ang mahilig sa chismax and gossips….peace!

      • EdgarEdgar

        lol! i got the figure from NEDA, the center for sensationalizing numbers. peace!

  • boybakal

    Pangilinan, Casiño: ‘How did Genuino kids get off?’ Mali pa ang english…kids get off.

    Pangilinan questioning the Kids…off the hook.{ that’s the right term not get off}
    Well, that’s your law Mr. Senator…kids are absolved from any criminal liability per your bill.

  • $17848434

    Nagkalutu-an na duon sa daang matuwid. Magpapasko at election na kasi kaya subsob sa fund raising ang mga gutom na nasa panahalaan! It’s more fun in the Philippines!

  • miiron

    yeah! its more fun in the phil!  lalo na sa mga corrupt na politiko!

  • Janch

    Pati sa loob ng DOJ may mga galamay ang mga Genuino.

  • Jack

    kung mas magaling sina kiko at casino kay delima, eh di kayo na ang maging doj secretary para may magagawa kayo.

    • Lord_patawad

      wag naman ganyan. tama rin na nag e expose sila kiko at casino, para alam natin ang status. tulad nyan, walang alam ang mga pinoy na abswelto na pala ang genuino kids. 

  • Guest

    dapat sa mga ito DEATH PENALTY. hangang ngayon puro kaso pa din wala pang nakukulong? ano ba yan, nagpakasasa sa pondo ng kumpanya. pare parehas lang sila kahit sino ilagay mo na chairman dyan. andyan kasi ang pera.

  • Antonio

    then why not just call a senate or a house inquiry to find out why were the charges dropped against the children so could find out…

  • iping2sison

    Sa mga ganitong pangyayari, hindi ma-i-alis sa isipan ng balana ang malaking dahilan kung bakit initsaPwERA ang magkakapatid.

  • Komen To

    De Lima, bakit nga ba naitsaPwERA ang mga anak? Bakit walang paliwanag? Ganon na lang ba yun? Papayag ka naman sa ganun? Sinoportahan pa naman kitang maging CJ tapos papayagan mo mga tao mong basta i-drop sa kaso mga anak with no explanation? Haynaku. Kahit na puro tuwid ang mga daan natin, kung puro bugok naman ang nagdadaan, magulo pa rin

    • Boyet Aquino Of Calamba Laguna

      ang sagot sa tang na kung bakit, ito e “de Lima lima”ng milyon buwan buwan,limang condo at limang kotse hahaha

  • speedstream2

    Curiouser and curiouser. Doesn’t the public deserve a clear explanation about this matter, which is not to be taken lightly and treated in a cavalier fashion?

  • tukmoldinako

    halatang halata naman na kapag ang may sala e me pera at nagkalagayan , mawawala ng kaso, kaya nga wala nang naniniwa sa justice system natin,  kawawang Pnoy, kahit gusto ang daang matuwid, kung baluktot naman ang gusto ng mga nasa baba, hay buhay nga naman, umasa nalang tayo sa weather weather lang yan

  • pranzer

    Itong si de lima mukhang nawalan ng gana nang nadisqualify sa pilihan ng chief justice. Siguradong alam din niya ang pag-drop sa mga genuino children kasi siya naman ang secretary of justice. Nag-iipon kaya ng campaign fund, tatakbong senador eh.

  • ADD

    Ilagay sa kankungan ang boung pamilyang magnanakaw nang wag ng tularan! NPA nasaan kayo, TIRA NA!!!!

    • tarikan

      Hindi pakikialaman yan nila kaka, walang pera diyan at busy sila sa pangongolekta ng revolutionary tax. 

    • Nilo C

      Wala na igan ang sinasabi mong NPA. Iba na sila ngayon at iba na sila noon.

      • Chava Chuchu

        “…iba na sila noon.” yeah right.

    • Lord_patawad

      wala na ang dating prinsipyo ng NPA. mga common gangster at tulisan na lang ang mga iyan. puro revolutionary tax na lang ang lakad nyan.
      gone are the days when the ABB was around. nawala ang yabang ng kapulisan ng sampulan sina Timoteo Zarcal at Joe Pring. 

      • Chava Chuchu

        Colonel walangusername, pangatlong account mo na ba ito, o pang-apat?

  • wakats

    The besieged de lima is again in the limelight, which she tremendously like, and should explain from prominent lawmakers why the genuino siblings were dropped from the plunder case without proper justification.

    Kiko doesn’t make noise if he has no basis, and he knows the law.

    • RicDab

      Or maybe he doesn’t. He shouldn’t be asking questions if he knows anything. He should do something (besides talking to media about it).

  • Abdul Rashid

    De Lima at the LIMELIGHT. ano ba yan? Halatang halata naman na meron kayong favoritism. Ano ba ang kapalit? LP loyalty. O ano na PNoy, ito ba ang tinatawag nating MATUWID NA DAAN?

  • tarikan

    DoJ becoming like the CA. Dropping cases left & right some through technicalities some through sheer incompetence/ignorance or ang iba alam mo na yon? Ika nga ang hiya talo ng amoy ng pera. 

  • disqusted0fu

    the DOJ, headed by De Lima, who is a lapdog of Aquino, should now be called DOSJ = Department of Selective Justice. they are selecting who to serve justice to. and it will always be in favor of Aquino and all his kkks.

  • JuanTamadachi

    “Pangilinan, Casiño: ‘How did Genuino kids get off?’ – Simply put, the smell of the Genuino money overpowered the DOJ investigators..

    • Nilo C

      Ha ha ha nadali mo kaibigan. Money Talks.

  • malek_abdul

    This only shows that justice in the Philippines is bias…if your are an ordinary person you go to jail at once even if there is still no strong case against you but if you are rich and famous even though evidences against you are glaring you’ll not go to jail because freedom can be bought.  Only in the Philippines!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Huwag niyong paligtasin ang mga linta ng bayan. Bawiin ang mga sinipsip nila at parusahan sila ng mabuti.

  • EREC

    sige sige…. huwag ninyong hintuan ang DOJ…diretso kayo sa Sec. para malaman ang tutuo o bakanaman mga staff niya lang ang gumagawa para makalusot dahil nabigyan. Huwag kalimutan ang under the table exposy nuon sa mga tauhan ng DOJ.

  • bugoybanggers

    Naku naman, dapat gisahin na. Kung ano ang puno siya rin ang bunga. Talaga namang nakinabang ang mga anak sa mga kinurakot ng ama. Isama mo na rin ang mga kamag anak, iyan kasi ang TRUE VALUE ng typical Filipino FAMILY ika nga CLOSE FAMILY TIES. Hala hindi lang puro imbestiga, patunayan at kasuhan agad.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    If I remember well an old INQUIRER report.
    A maid had “borrow” 2000 pesos advance salary and
    one returned cel phone to contact her family for urgently
    medicines needed by a sick mother.

    The Bo’s charge in court the poor and hopeless maid.

    Five years jail after five minutes hearing one month later.

    This is Philippines Justice in action !

  • Saint Luci

    Ito namang si Kiko parang baguhan pa sa Pinas. Alam niyo na iyan. It’s a secret by a lot of Filipino politicians, and every adult Filipino knows this secret.

    Ever heard of the word lagay?

  • wyatt

    mr. casino, you should ask first why the beneficiaries of the marcos plunder were not included in the charge sheet against the marcos estate and even freaking allowed them to shamelessly run for office? why, mr. casino?

    • tilamsik

      Pera pera lang din yan kapatid hahahah

    • Chava Chuchu

      uhmm, he asked that question already, tsk3. magbasa-basa po tayo. 

  • ddano

    ” The DOJ said the charges against the Genuino Kids were dropped because of evidence”. Baka naman because of Huge Envelopes or lack of brain matters or both?

    • RicDab

      baka naman ayaw lang mapahiya kase di kaya isulong ang kaso.

  • VicenteBoticol

    Punish the inept and corrupt prosecutors !

  • doublecross

    the issues here: JAIL the BASTARDS!

  • justjarred

    Pera pera lang din yan sa mga prosec ng DOJ.

  • LegalJustice

    Until now not one single Big Fish has been put behind bars – 2016 is just around the corner.

    Ano ba itong Philippine Government there is still a lot of corrupt official  in all branches of government.

    Justice System its so slow – look at the Amputuan Massacre and GMA a good example.

    Wait till Binay becomes President in 2016 they will be all Pardoned !

    For sure its back to nothing – as if nothing happens at all.

    Poor Philippines life is so uncertain.

  • tilamsik

    Pera pera lang yan mga kapatid lols

  • tilamsik

    “How much is that doggie on the window urffff urrfff”

  • Lord_patawad

    money changes everything, as cindy lauper said in her song. 

  • DWAYNE11

    Sec. De Lima, yung mga corrupt na prosecutors ng DOJ na sanay sa gawain nung panahon ni GMA ay dapat tanggalin na, parehas lang yan ng case ng Alabang boys sa drugs, senior prosecutor na nahuli sa mark money ng nbi sa DOJ office mismo at marami pang cases ng corruption ng mga DOJ prosecutors. Clean the agency of these prosecutors na galing sa corruption ang pinapakain sa mga anak at sa pamilya para mabuhay…

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Akala ko ba matalino yang si Pangilinan at Casino. Kailangan pa bang itanong ang obvious?

  • ben311

    bulagbulagan ay sakit ng pinoy…sinapalan ng kwarta

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Swift and blind Justice for the innocents, none for the untouchable Clergy and oligarchy !

  • Philcruz

    The remnants of the corrupted past are still there. Weed them out fast! And punish them fast.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Jail this corrupt with Lolong…

  • Lakan Kildap

    how did they get off? wtf question is that? maybe they stroked the salami?

  • AllaMo

    Uuh, can the good Justice Secretary de Lima anser this post-haste please…

  • Pedro

    To DOJ Secretary  Leila De Lima :  I agree to the suggestion to CLEANSE  first  the DOJ prosecutors. . or   ALL CASES  EVEN IF BACKED-UP  BY  SOLID  EVIDENCES  WILL  JUST  BE  DISMISSED !! 

  • pugadlawin

    DOJ = Did you mean “Department of Judas”?

    Birds of the same feather, flock together.
    Only difference is, Judas killed himself as he later realized his mistake.

    Ang DOJ, matindi. Walang konsensya!

  • Ferdinand Poe

    Pera naman lang yan! Nagkalat talaga sa mundong ito ang angkan ni JUDAS!

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