Rabusa immune from plunder raps

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The Office of the Ombudsman has spared former military budget officer and retired Col. George Rabusa from facing plunder and graft charges alongside fellow military officials whom he earlier implicated in the multi-million “pabaon” (retirement cash gifts) funds conversion scam in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismissed the plunder and graft charges filed against Rabusa on grounds that he enjoys immunity as a state witness under the Department of Justice’s Witness Protection Program.

In a 13-page resolution dated Feb. 27, 2013, but released only yesterday, Morales said the complainants against Rabusa could not question the DOJ’s decision to turn Rabusa into a state witness.

Morales said the Supreme Court had vested in the DOJ “the power to determine who can qualify as a witness in the program and who shall be granted immunity from prosecution.”

Rabusa was charged with plunder and graft by Arturo Besana, the resident auditor assigned by the Commission on Audit (COA) to the AFP general headquarters from Dec. 1, 1994, to June 29, 1995, and Maj. Ernesto Angulo.

They said Rabusa was the “brains” behind the anomalies and should be similarly charged based on his “admissions” in the amended complaint he filed with the DOJ against Besana and 12 others for plunder.

In that complaint, Rabusa admitted he gave instructions to convert P200 million of AFP funds into dollars “without going through the regular banking system” and subsequently transmitted the amount to a bank in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rabusa had also admitted that “the funds utilized came from personnel services or from salary and allowances of soldiers.”

In that complaint, Rabusa also disclosed that he deposited P160 million in an account under his name at the Herrera Branch of Security Bank “for the ‘pabaon’ of General Villanueva.”

Besana had accused Rabusa of availing of the government’s Witness Protection Program to avoid prosecution for plunder even though “he was the ‘brains,’ together with his staff, of this plunderous scheme involving unlawful manipulation of AFP funds and resources.”

Rabusa was the one who revealed the multi-billion anomaly inside the military which resulted to the filing of criminal cases against former ranking military officials including former AFP chiefs Diomedio Villanueva and Roy Cimatu; retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia (former AFP chief comptroller); retired Maj. Gen. Jacinto Ligot (former AFP chief comptroller); Brig. Gen. Benito Antonio de Leon; Col. Cirilo Tomas Donato (Isafp budget officer)  and retired Lt. Col. Ernesto Paranis ( commanding officer of the Finance Service Unit of AFP Intelligence Service).

Also charged were retired Maj. Gen. Hilario Atendido, for his alleged participation as “bagman” of Villanueva and Col. Roy Devesa, former executive assistant to the late Chief of Staff Gen. Angelo Reyes.

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  • w4d

    That’s OK. He may have been a prime participant, but what he exposed and is willing to face until death is more than enough to compensate for his wrong-doings. Now if only the the government representatives can follow-up on this and file the proper cases so we can see some convictions in this lifetime.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    While Filipinos are dying of hunger, we will wait for the plunderers family choke to death of their steak and lobster dinner.  Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    yan ang dapat gawin bigyan ng proteksiyon ang mga nag lalabas ng katiwalian sa lahat ng sangay ng gobierno o private na kompanya ..siguraduhin lang na totoo ang sinasabi para mahabol ang dapat.yung sa anomalya ni gloria dapat din bigyan ng proteksiyon ang nag lahad o yung iba pa na mag lalantad sa ganon mabawasan man lang kung di man mawala ang mga kanilang kabalbalan,,bigyan sila ng tamang proteksiyon.

  • n4m0

    susmaryosep! state witness or not dapat may jail time pa rin (ano yan, ok lang mangurakot?). remember, kaya lang naman kumanta yan e dahil naipit na sya eh

    • Radeon Blue

      the objective of immunity is to ENCOURAGE people to come out to expose anomalies and corruption. if government follows your logic, NO ONE will come out and those who did will hide and never testify in court.

      • n4m0

        i get your point, pero we had the goods on this guy (plundered well over 150m). at the very least – in exchange of becoming a state witness – a reduced jail time should’ve been meted on him (harsh, yes – pero that’s JUSTICE for you..)

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

        wrong reasoning…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    WHY IS PLUNDER, CORRUPTION, THEFT AND OTHER SIMILAR CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILS SO PREVALENT. KUNG MAY DEMANDA, IT TAKES INFINITY TO RESOLVE AT KUNG MAY GUILTY, SANDALI LANG AT MATULIN PA SA ALAS KUATRO ANG PARDON. 

  • Bansot

    Assuming that he can’t be charged for being a “STATE WITNESS”, (purely technicality), yet he must be ordered to return or repay the governement the funds that he and his accomplices have stolen. This is based on the legal principle that no one is allowed to enrich himself from proceeds of a crime. Perhaps, this principle is merely in theory, because most of our  high government officials, mostly our honorable legislators included (for both bicamieral houses) have  enriched themselves from proceeds of illegal acitiviities and corruption. Everyone knows what and whom I’m referring to !!!!

  • basyong

    bigyan ng proteksyon kung alam ang mga ginawang pagnanakaw pero hindi dapat kasama siya sa pangungulimbat ng pera ng bayan.tama si bansot, kung merong ninakaw at pinatunayan niya bilang state witness dapat ibalik ang perang ninakaw kahit wala siyang kasong plunder.kakahiya namang mag state witness ka pero kasama ka sa kawatan e di mas guilty ka pa sa mga isunusumobong mo.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Albert Einstien

    he should be exempt from criminal prosecution as far as the expose is concern BUT NOT to other crimes….and he should return to the treasury ALL MONEY he GOT from the ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES…..that ILLGOTTEN WEALTH should be returned ….& the state cant not be ESTOPPED by the mistakes of its AGENTS…whether DOJ or OMBUDSMAN……as the saying goes …a rat may be free but it is still a rat…lol

    • Summerspice

      I agree with you.But Rabusa can’t return the money anymore kasi nagastos na niya.

  • Garibaldi_II

    Greed turned these unprofessional officers to use their power and authority to take the shortcut, corrupt ways. Blood, sweats and tears of the lower ranks were sucked by the powerful few. I, for one, would not be surprised to know later these ruffians sold military weapons to the enemy that killed their own soldiers. Rabusa must return what he’d stolen with interests. These pests must pay for their malfeasance to the fullest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felimon.o.rodriguez Felimon Rodriguez Jr.

    al ey, bakit ganyan naman…parang may selective charging kung sino kakasuhan…e kung bubusihin mo naman ang mga isiniwalat ni Rabusa, di naman sya immune sa iba pang corrupt practices….pero teka nga, ang lahat ng mga iyan ay graduate ng PMA….dyusko…sa totoo lang…ang PMA ata mga pinanggagalingan ng mga utak kurakot…masyado silang greedy! ang mga PMAyers sa AFP at PNP kung magsalita, akala mo mga straight at mga walang bahid at alam sa kurapsyon na kung may mga enlisted silang medyo nangotong ng beinte o singkuenta, binabandera na at akala mo kung sino sila magalit, pero hungha, sino ang mga mangongotong ng mga milyones????

    • RicDab

      Wag naman lahatin ang mga PMAers. Iilan lang yang mga bwaya from PMA. Sa katunayan, mas marami pa rin ang PMAers na matino kesa sa mga kurakot. Ang kultura ng pulitika natin ang nagpaparumi sa pagkatao ng mga dating matitino at ideyalista, maging PMAer man ito o taga-UP, o maging galing man ito sa pinakrelihiyosong eskwelahan. Dahil na rin sa pagwawalang kibo o pagkunsinti ng mga Pilipino, natututong maging corrupt ang mga lider natin maging sibilyan, military o pulis man sila. Hangga’t di nawawala ang maduming kultura ng pulitika sa atin, kahit santo man ang pumasok dito, siguradong magiging demonyo rin.

      • Summerspice

         You are right.I agree with what you said.Rabusa should be made accountable too.

  • sanjuan683

    Kaya siguro nag state witness yan para hindi maakusahan ng plunder. Wise ka rin Rabusa matapos ka nag-enjoyed ng kuarta ng tao bayan. 

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Ganun talaga si Ombudsman Morales. Wag na kayong magulat. Under Daang Matuwid, justice is selective. The three high profile examples below were not pursued by the Ombudsman because of orders from the palace.

    01. Rice Smuggling by former NFA Chief Lito Banayo (a PNoy appointee)

    youtube,com/watch?v=jFpZndSlgbM

    philstar,com/headlines/2013/02/13/908188/senate-wants-banayo-charged-over-rice-smuggling

    02. Misuse of Pagcor car and resources by Pagcor Chief Bong Naguiat, a member of PNoy’s KKK. Naguiat is also instrumental in asking for Casinos to be exempted from the newly fortified and tougher ant-money laundering law.

    youtube,com/watch?v=uQpPP_VxnrQ

    03. Miro Quimbo’s involvement in Globe Asiatique Scam which DOJ forwarded to the Ombudsman’s office since 2011.

    youtube,com/watch?v=AjjJmYE-dF0

    abs-cbnnews,com/business/08/24/11/doj-indicts-globe-asiatique-syndicated-estafa

    abs-cbnnews,com/global-filipino/06/14/12/pag-ibig-ceo-hits-non-arrest-delfin-lee

    • http://twitter.com/sanjuro3410 butch ignacio

      bakit si morales ang me kasalanan sisihin nyo si de lima sya pumayag na maging state witness si rabusa malamang kapalit immunity.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Pareng Yau Ma Tei, musta ang residency natin dyan sa HK? Yung issue tungkol sa immunity, pwede rin kasing barilin ni Ombudsman Morales yun. Saklaw ng kapangyarihan ng Ombudsman ang tatlong sanga ng gobyerno. Pwede po i-override ni Morales ang kamalian ni De Lima. Ako kasi, matagal na akong diskompyado kay De Lima.

        Mali po bang umasa kay Morales?

  • ben311

    puros kayo dada kaya pobre pa rin ang bayan ! litse.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    This is how our AFP”s modernized their pocket, the brain child of TABACO the father of all scam. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

      pabaon system is a different thing. TABACO modernized his pocket by selling Villamor and Fort Bonifacio in the guise of raising fund for AFP modernization. Fort Bonifacio is now a bustling metropolis yet not a single nut was modernized in AFP

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    For me, Rabusa should return all  the money and properties  that he had  stolen  from  the  AFP . .  BUT, . .  and  I  said  BUT. .  Rabusa  should  continue enjoying immunity  from  prosecution  !!  PARA  LAHAT – LAHAT  NA  NG  MGA  BUWAYANG  LUMAMON  NG  LUMAMON  NG  PERA  NG BAYAN   ay  mai-pakulong  natin  sa  Muntinlupa. .  kasi  pag  walang  RABUSA , ZERO  ang  prosecution. . .WALANG  KASO. . .TATAWANAN  LANG  TAYO  NG  MGA  BUWAYANG  2  PAA habang nag-e-enjoy sila at ang mga pamilya nila sa limpak limpak na perang NINAKAW NILA. .

  • http://twitter.com/sanjuro3410 butch ignacio

    depende kasi kung ano napag kasunduan sa pagiging state witness maski naman ako kung ako tetestigo ayoko din naman makulong ako.

    • Bansot

      Common sense, that depends on the gravity of your involvement in that crime.  There is that legal principle that says no one must enrich himself from the proceeds of a crime.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCOAGIL35OAIRH2T6QH3IZUMY Ike

    Santisima Trinidad, Nilangaw na sa kangkungan ang isyung ito ah. After millions spent by the Senate in their inquiry, Ano ba ang kinalabasan. It suddenly grinded to halt when Gen. Reyes committed suicide. Pwede bang tumapos naman kayo ng isyu kahit isa man lang. Puro kayo umpisa, inuubos nyo lang ang pera ng bayan sa kaii-imbistiga. People want to see this Generals behind bars. Not just a 2 yr sentence like that of Gen Garcia, but they should relly suffer the consequences of what they had done.

  • doublecross

    f**king s**T……mga pmayer na naman….corrupt!

  • jHdz

    Ang balita Rabusa is in Customs already.  Dun naman nagpapasasa.

  • observer1356

    In similar token, whistle-blower JUN LOZADA of the ZTE-NBN fiasco should enjoy the same state-witness privileges (if he has been considered as one)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PYGLPYCIHV4RRCYCRWR5XNGJ6Y Sarrah

      it is a big difference between them.a brain turning to be a whistle blower? what is this a joke?, he does not  want to burden all his cohorts thats why he choke his throat and pulled them one by one and now he is immune,abnoy pliplipinessssss. 

      • indiots

        magsaya ka na lang at may pumiyok. kung wala sila baka palamiglamig na lang sa ibang bansa ang mga generals na mandorobo…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/PYGLPYCIHV4RRCYCRWR5XNGJ6Y Sarrah

        in fairness to our justice system it is baias,he should also be jailed

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

        so bakit pa sya mag wiwitness kung makukulong lang din namn siya, wag nalang db? hayaan nalang mag hanap ng ebidensya hangat maabswelto? walang witness eh.

      • observer1356

        who does what and why and back to who? nahilo ako ah? di ko ma-gets, promise….

    • indiots

      sana maconsider din si lozada…

    • PlumberfromCanada

      si Jun Lozada naman kasi ay ikinanta ang  GMA admin….he has outlived his usefulness..itong si Rabusa mga bata na ni PNoy ang handlers nito kaya ligtas pa siya ngayon..pag susunod na pangulo ay hindi DILAW ang ngipin, yari din yan siya..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    was he the least guilty?,  did he do it under duress?,  was it just crumbs that he got?

    for all we know  he might have done some solo flight conversions under the very nose of his upperclassmen.

    ’81 is indeed, the power class.

     no question about it.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Ang galing ng Batas natin.Si Rabusa ang aso ng mga pasimunong mga magnanakaw na General.Pagkatapos tumestigo absuwelto.Tiyak maraming gagaya sa style na yan.
    Mga matatalino at pasimuno.May na convict na nagnakaw sa kanila?
    Send your children to our famous Academy.

    • JoelV721

      Kaya hindi dapat gawin ang hindi nararapat.  Walang puwedeng pagkatiwalaan sa mga gawaing hindi nararapat.  Ang mga nagkasala na nagsisisi ay ginagawa ang nararapat para mapatawad sa nagawang mali.  Ultimately, ang mga nananatili sa kamalian ay nagbabayad din.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Though shall not be caught.
    If unfortunately caught,testify.Tapos ang Kaso.Galing basta PMAer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Rabusa maybe granted immunity from plunder charges but the loot he plundered is not immune from confiscation. The law  should not allow him to enjoy the fruits of his corrupt past.

  • davidpantad

    eliminate the AFP.  it seems like they have not really accomplished anything

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Ewan ko, pero hindi ako naniniwala na ang mga generals ay nakukulong sa bansa natin… Nakukulong naman sila pero sandali lang pakitang-tao lang yung pagkakulong… Kasi pagnagkita sila ang batian nila ay, O, ka-MISTAH!!…

  • PlumberfromCanada

    BOGO BOGO yan mga bok….Class 81 pa…

  • JoelV721

    Dapat lang.  Bacteria rin naman ang panlaban sa kapuwa bacteria.  Naging GOOD bacteria siya, para malunasan ang BAD bacteria.

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