Ombudsman orders filing of criminal raps vs 9 ‘Euro generals’

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Conchita Carpio-Morales

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday ordered the filing of criminal charges against the so-called “Euro Generals” before the Sandiganbayan in connection with questionable  disbursement of Philippine National Police (PNP) intelligence/confidential funds for their travel expenses to Russia in 2008.

In an 86-page Resolution dated  March 26, 2013, ordered charged before the Sandiganbayan were retired Director General Eliseo dela Paz, Deputy Director Generals Emmanuel Carta and Ismael Rafanan, Director Romeo Ricardo, Director German Doria, Director Jaime Caringal, Chief Superintendent Orlando Pestaño, Senior Superintendent Tomas Rentoy III and Senior Superintendent Samuel Rodriguez.

Rentoy, Pestaño, and Rodriguez were ordered charged with three counts of violation of Art. 220 of the Revised Penal Code or Technical Malversation and four counts of violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Dela Paz was ordered charged for three counts of violation of Technical Malversation, five counts of violation of the Anti-Graft Law; while Carta, Rafanan, Doria, Caringal were ordered charged with violation of the Anti-Graft Law.

Ricardo, on the other hand, was ordered charged with violation of two counts of the Anti-Graft Law. He was also ordered to be included as additional accused in the case filed in 2011 against Dela Paz before the Sandiganbayan, for violation of Art. 237 of the RPC (Prolonging the Performance of Duties and Powers).

Morales said “there is probable cause arising from the release, disbursement and use of a total of P10M of intelligence/confidential fund of the PNP as travel expenses of the PNP delegates to the 77th Interpol General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.”

The resolution further stated that “the manifest partiality and evident bad faith of respondent Ricardo can be easily gleaned from his act of recommending himself and his co-respondents Carta, Rafanan, Doria, Caringal, and Dela Paz, as participants to the Interpol General Assembly, despite the fact that he and his co-respondents were not qualified to attend said assembly because they were due to retire within one (1) year from the date thereof.”

It also explained that Ricardo should be included as additional accused in the Information filed against Dela Paz  for Violation of Article 237 of the RPC because it was “Ricardo who recommended that respondent Dela Paz be included in the trip to Russia” which enabled Dela Paz to prolong the performance of his duties as an officer of the PNP.

The Ombudsman, meanwhile, dismissed the complaint against former Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, retired P/Dir. Gen. Avelino Razon Jr., P/Chief Supt. Joel Ma. Alvarez, retired P/Dep. Dir. Gen. Edgardo Acuña, P/Supt. Elmer Pelobello, retired P/Dir. Silverio Alarcio Jr.  and private respondents Evita Caringal and Cynthia Versoza for lack of probable cause.

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  • RyanE

    Hmm.. why only the underlings? Takot yata ang OBM sa mga dating bossing ng PNP?

  • kilabot

    it’s time to convert the pma facilities in baguio
    into a prison facility for pma graduates who have gone astray;
    seems like the pma crooks outnumber the pma saints;

    • Simplify1

      Bakit naman sa Baguio pa ang prison facilities ng mga yan gagawin? Bakasyon yun sa kanila! Dapat ” brand new facilities sa gitna ng smoky mountain ikulong yang mga yan! Mga sing baho ng basura!!!

    • Cue_Vas

      A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate the doing of the same by others.

      Eh, hindi na kasi sila cadets. Galing!!! Alright, Sir?

      • Simplify1

        Pag graduate nila wala na yang mga honor honor code system na yan… from simple skag bumming to free trip to Russia all fair game

  • regd

    As usual the alibis would be:
    1) They are innocent of all the charges
    2) They are all lies and fabrication
    3) Politically motivated

    and then more…

    • popeyee

      what can we expect, sa atin kahit huli na deny to death pa rin…walang pinagkaiba sa mga politiko…

      • axe musk

        they will soon be a politician….

    • Simplify1

      dapat magisip sila ng bagong alibi…. nagamit na ni thief justice corona yang mga linyang yan, hindi naka “palusot”

  • ReneV

    hanggang ngayon pa ba kaso pa pala iyan? HAAY! morales at kung sinu man kayong mga INUTIL diyan, kaso pa pala iyan? INAMAG NA IYAN AT NGAYON PA LANG ANG DESISYON NIYONG MGA TAMAD! kaya tumatapang ang mga kriminal ay dahil sa inyong lahat. sana naman abutin ng amag ang kaso ninyo kung sakali wala na kayo sa puwesto. sana matikman ninyong mga inutil kayo. NO KIDDING.

    • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

      ReneV,…
      …Para sabihin na may nagagawa din sila…ha ha ha !

    • Bordado

      Eliseo kaw ba e2? naku po intindihin nyu nlng yung kaso mo wag yung galit mo! hahaha magdusa kayo mga corrupt!

      • ReneV

        hindi ako iyung sinasabi mo. sana ikaw ay biktima ng matagal na kaso.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Inupuan kaya yang kaso na yan ng datng ombudsman. Iyon ang sisihin mo.

    • Concur_Dissent

      Ang kaso tungkol sa 2008 na byahe sa russia ng mga heneral na yan. Si Carpio-Morales 2011 pa lang na-appoint…. yung classmate ni dating first gentleman na si merceditas ang umupo sa mga daang daang kaso na walang aksyon…. wag mo ngang pakita ang pagka tanga mo. NO KIDDING

    • pelang

      you’re barking on a wrong tree. kung hindi kay morales, hindi natin mababalitaan ang tungkol dito. kung si gutierez ang nakaupo diyan instead of morales, swept under the rug na ito. how arrogant of you. inutil daw. ikaw nga ang paupuin diyan kung may magawa ka. being sorrounded with the old timers of sandigan bayan na ikaw lang ang matino? paano mo ma-aaksyonan ang lahat?

    • Luthmar

      Know your facts before you insult and malign the innocent people. The casewas dormant during Arroyo’s time. You should ask the other lady Ombudsman, Merceditas Gutierrez. “NO KDDING”

  • zeroko

    They deserve it! Go to D Port, at the kalayaan Street, and you would not believe tha palatial houses, mansions in almost every corner. Then there are also tall buildings. Kala mo they entered PMA so rich.

    YOu can just imagine the expensive furnitures inside. Some of the Chandelilier are so large, and made in Europe.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Studies show that most of PMA and PNPA cadets come from the ower middle class. I havent heard of any Lasalle or Ateneo de Manila HS graduate who actually applied in the PMA. Now, how these cadets become multimillionaire along the way is beyond me. High salaries, bonuses, plenty of allowances? I dont tgink so.

      • batangsulpok

        Totally agree dahil 10 yrs. din ako sa PA at wala akong nakitang opisyal na PMAer na mayaman ang pamilya, karamihan ay mga anak din ng PMAer para makalibre sa education. Kung kami nga na di naman mayaman pero ang mga magulang ko ay may lupain sa Batangas ay ayaw na ayaw akong mag-military dahil katwiran ay di nila ako pinag-aral ng engineering para mag-sundalo, di lalo pa ang mayayaman na ayaw na pumasok sa military ang mga anak, sabi nga nila, ano, pambala sa kanyon?

  • dodong1

    pustahan tayo aabot ng sampung taon yan tapos palulusutin din gaya kay tabachoy Garcia…

  • richard ortega

    only the sandiganbayan doing it’s job nicely.

    • popeyee

      really?

  • basang sisiw

    i really welcome this news. make the prosecutions quick!

    • popeyee

      quick? how quick? 10 years trial, 5 years appeal in the appellate court, 15 years ulit after i-appeal sa sc…by the time the SC rendered ite decision tikog na karamihan sa kanila at yong iba mga senador at congressmen na..at hindi imposible, dahil maraming nanalo kahit nakakulong o kaya convicted pa o kaya may mga nakabinbing kaso, o kaya naia-appoint pa..

  • indiosbravos2002

    Mapa General or P01, sobra corruption sa kapulisan

  • DarkM

    Gaano na ba karaming nasampahan ng graft and corruption ang talagang naikulong?

    • popeyee

      kalahati..si general garcia..

  • Simplify1

    Sana trip to Jerusalem na lang ginawa nila, wala pang sabit….

    Tuluyan nyo na po yang mga yan ‘Mam Carpio-Morales

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Justice wooden wheel stil running thanks women !
    Marami thanks to Conchita Carpio Morales and Maria Lordes Sereno

  • gikiness

    huwag po tayong mag alala mga ex gens. Andan pa sa Supreme court ang majority ng mga pinaupo ni Gloria. Kaya pa rin nilang remedyohan yan. Kuhain na sana ni Lord ang mga pinaupo ni Gloria dyan sa Supreme court

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Highly treacherously to the country should be firing squad and assets sequestered.

    No death penalty, no problems, they are military,

    send them to occupy the Spartly with their stollen accounts receipt to fight China….

  • koaks2

    wala rin ‘to.

  • speedstream2

    The fight against graft and corruption may be a Sisyphean challenge, but we should never lose hope. Sooner or later, a breakthrough will be achieved, which could pave the way for more inroads. Like the proverbial quixotic charge, we should keep at it no matter what.

  • JosengSisiw1

    At least even if the process is slow we are now seeing unburying cases of corruptions during Arroyo administration. This will help in cementing our status that we are serious in fighting corruption.

    • popeyee

      kung talagang seryoso, unahing tanggalin ang pork barrel…

      • JosengSisiw1

        para mapatupad ni Aquino ang kanyang mga programa kailangan nya ang suporta ng kongreso at senado. Kapag inalis nya ang pork barrel siguradong mapo polarize yung presidency nya. Lalabanan sya ng mga kotong nato. Ang dapat gawin ng administrasyon ay ang pagtibayin ang tuntunin ng pag gamit ng pork barrel upang hindi mai bulsa ng mga kriminal na kongressman at senador.

      • popeyee

        di mawawala ang corruption hanggat andyan yang pork barrel na yan. Gagawa-at gagawa ang mga corrupt na politiko ng paraan para maikutan ang anumang tuntuning sinasabi mo..isa pa, sino ba ang gunagawa ng batas di ba congress din? sa palagay natin gagawa ba sila ng batas na labag sa kanilang self interest??? never..

      • JosengSisiw1

        Actually andun na yung batas, dapat ma implement na lang mabuti at mabantayan ng auditors yung mga mandarambong. I’m sure kung aalisin ni Aquino yan gagawa na naman ng bagong programa yang kongreso papalitan lang yung pangalan. In my opinion in Aquino’s term hindi nya aalisin yan. Sa ngayon pa lang ang dami na nyang kontra i don’t think dadagdagan pa nya yan.

  • Guest

    bitayin mga yan ng patiwarik…Kakapal.

  • Jack Bw

    I salute Ombudsman Morales for doing the right thing. It’s just that: why does it take so long to do the obvious thing? Former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez sat on this for 3 years and now Ombudsman Morales took more than a year to act on it. I’m half-rejoicing and half-complaining.

    • http://twitter.com/FrancisAcero Kiko Acero

      Look at how nuanced the Resolution is. It isn’t easy to come up with something that detailed.

  • Luthmar

    If I remember correctly, the money really belonged to the wives of the Generals, especially Cynthia Versoza for their shopping spree. Inako lang ng isang officer who was with them. Case should also be filed against this woman Versoza. Wives had no business going to an Intelligence conference in Russia.

  • mabuhay_si_marKy

    siruradong may pasyente sa veteran’s hospital na natakot na naman ngayon. sana makulong na.

  • padrefaura

    tagal na itong kasong ito, ah! hindi ata nagkasunduan sa presyuhan kaya tinuluyan ni carpio-morales.

  • $14334231

    i am hoping that the ombudsman and the court will not succumb to the delaying tactics of their lawyers…..let’s not prolong these cases…..onward and send these thief cops to where they belong……in jail…..and put a lien on their properties and sequester their bank accounts to find out where they’ll get their monies to pay their lawyers….baka nakatago lang sa ilalim ng kama….malay natin…..

  • UrHONOR

    GALING talaga ni Conchita Morales! Maaarin maging pangulo ito ng bayan para MALINIS ng lubusan ang bansa ng mga krrrrrp na tulad ni erap.

  • joshmale2004

    Sana sabay sabay na silang mahatulan including rubber boat scam, chopper scam, at yung pabaon system scam. I hope they get convicted before the next Presidential election. Delaying tactic na naman ang gagawin ng mga lawyers at St Lukes nila hanggang mapalitan ang Presidente.

  • bayankopdi

    Kung sa ibang bansa eto matagal na silang nabubulok sa kulungan…pustahan tayo isa isa silang mamatay bago masentensiyahan…

  • Anqui

    At the very least, we have an Ombudsman who have the BILE to review cases against high profile cases involving high ranking Law Enforcement Officials. I wish and hope that Government Lawyers and the Courts are serious to push this case through to the end where these Generals would be punished. They are the prime example of what kind of people we produced from our Military Academy…CORRUPT AND SELF SERVING MILITARY OFFICIALS.

    • Loggnat

      Bile???

  • Euan Mac

    well well well ..

  • IronMan8888

    PMA should have a PMA Book of Shame. Every year before graduation, all graduating class are required to read the names of these shameless officers.

    Every cadet and PMA graduates should always remember that it’s the tax payers money that paid for their education.

  • charlie_oscar

    How does it feel to be accused of government corruption by the Russian government?
    You know the Euro Gens had no intention of attending the conference but simply wanted a nice tax funded junket and shopping spree.

    • Loggnat

      That was the simple, honest to goodness truth about that trip.

  • maj0_rimbaud

    kumusta naman yung mga foot soldiers ng republika? ayun nakapaa kasi yung mga generals nila ay yumaman dahil yung pera para sa mga sapatos nila ay pinangshopping.

  • Akoaykanoy

    long overdue. once filed send this people to jail right away

  • ARIKUTIK

    Pagka tapos ng election, wala na rin ang kasong yan. Si Morales naging cheer leader ng election campaign for “Daang Tuwad” puro patuwad tuwad na kaso. Bilasa na yang style ninyo. “Daang Tuwid”, saan patungo ? sa panot na ulo ng Shoswbizz Penoy ! aaarrrggghhhhh ……

  • doublecross

    i’ve lost my appetite sa mga PMAyer, lost….lost….lost. lots of corrupt.

  • Jack Bw

    I know it wasn’t easy to come up with a winnable case, which might explain why this came out 4 years late. After all we’re talking about generals here. But it somewhat proves the double-standard on higher rank. The higher the rank, the more lenient we are in enforcing the law.

  • Spidekick

    Ladies and gentlemen…the Philippine justice system in the 21st century. Wala, ganun pa rin…ang bagal…parang mga makinilya pa ang ginagamit ng mga opisinang ‘to.

    Magandang balita pero nakapanlulumo dahil alam mo ang tagaaaaaaal na nito!

  • dikoy321

    GOOD JOB Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales !
    Forward Philippines !!!

  • wakats

    The accused, with huge war chest, are expected to hire the best and most expensive lawyers to drag the resolution of their cases till kingdom come, like the ampatuans….

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What will have taken hours in an other country will take years in the Philippines,
    This is explaining that !

  • celestino nicolas

    Wala namang papasok sa kulungan ang isa man sa kanila, bakit kunyaring nag tatalino-talino ang babaeng ito.

  • Avery_23

    Cuntcheater Carpro NoMoralesbitch is an extremely corrupt and immoralbitch!

  • Avery_23

    Ohbitchwoman Cuntcheater Capro-NoMorales is extremely corrupt!!!

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