Ombudsman finds accused had died

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. ALEX NUEVAESPAÑA/PRIB/SENATE POOL

MANILA, Philippines—The Office of the Ombudsman has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow the withdrawal of a graft case against former Records Management and Archives Office (RMAO) Director Ricardo Manapat after confirming that he had died.

In a motion filed in the antigraft court’s Second Division last week, Assistant Special Prosecutor Anna Leah Y. Tiongson-Mendoza sought to withdraw the graft information filed on Sept. 7, 2012.

The prosecution said it had received an authenticated copy of Manapat’s death certificate from the National Statistics Office showing that he had passed away on Dec. 24, 2008, due to a heart-related ailment.

After confirming the veracity of the defendant’s reported death, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the withdrawal of the case on March 26.

Manapat was charged with graft for unlawful approval of a P48-million contract in 1996 to restore the Intendencia building in Intramuros, Manila, supposedly to house the RMAO. The contract was awarded to a consortium composed of C. L. Alma Jose and Sons Inc. and Vigen Realty and Development Construction Corp.

The Ombudsman questioned the validity of the transaction since at the time RMAO had no budget for such a project. Still, restoration work was started after the agency paid P10.56 million.

The late RMAO head figured in a controversy during the 2004 presidential election after he came out with papers that supposedly raised doubts about the Filipino citizenship of then presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. Cynthia D. Balana

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  • mangtom

    This dead person was charged with graft in 1996. That was eons ago. And that is the Filipino injustice system. These guys in the Ombudsman’s office are just sitting on their butt being paid for doing nothing. Shame on you. Your salaries are a waste of public funds. Juan dela Cruz is not getting his money’s worth.

    • Jeanne Thompson

      1996 pa. So tinulugan lang ito ng mga naging previous ombudsman: ANIANO A. DESIERTO (1995-2002), SIMEON V. MARCELO (2002 – November 30, 2005), MA. MERCEDITAS NAVARRO-GUTIERREZ (December 2005 to May 6, 2011).

      • batangsulpok

        Kaya tuloy-tuloy ang corruption sa Pilipinas dahil alam nilang di sila makukulong kasi patay na ay walang nangyayari sa kaso, kawawang bansa, halos mga magnanakaw ang nasa gobyerno.

      • Jeanne Thompson

        Hinde naman sa ganun. Nagsimula pa lang na totoong nagtrabaho ang Ombudsman ng umupo si Carpio-Morales. Kasi kung hinde sila nagtatrabaho ay hinde malalaman na patay na pala si Ricardo Manapat. Dapat kasi noong panahon pa ni MERCEDITAS NAVARRO-GUTIERREZ ito nalaman kaso nga lang mukhang nagpapanggap lang siya na nagtatrabaho.

        Sa dami ng mga nakabinbin na kaso ng graft and corruption na hinde inaksyunan ng mga previous na mga ombudsman ay natural lamang na matatagalan bago matutukan ang mga ibang kaso. Kunting tiis pa. Pasasaan ba at makakasuhan din ang mga lintik na buwaya sa gobyerno.

      • Felix Alcantara

        Punta ka govt offices, most likely mga empleyado nag tsismisan lang or nanood ng tv. me mga matino naman

  • Hey_Dudes

    This is the same person GMA the crook corrupted in 2004 using him to produce all kinds of fraudulent documents proving Fernando Poe, Jr. was not a Filipino citizen. He’s probably burning in hell now.

    • rlo

      A person with high moral standing will never be corrupted by anyone.

  • MANGLUCIO

    THE SNAIL PACE OF THE PHILIPPINE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A DISGRACE AND UTTERLY DISGUSTING. NO WONDER IT’S FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES TO BE A CORRUPT GOVT OFFICIALS. HAHAHA..

    • Horst Manure

      The Department of Jokes DOJ and the judiciary are like a dirty diaper all need to for the same reason, you have the best money can buy.

  • cowboys2

    2008 pa namatay ngayon lang nalaman! Na pag-fiestahan na ang kinurakot, kayo ay natutulog sa pansitan….hhmmm! Baka kasama kayo sa fiestahan.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    Ombudsman should do better if the Ombudsman’s Office should exhibit some improvement. But it has not it seems over all. Not file criminal cases against dead persons. Instead file civil, recovery suits against the dead persons successors in interest for the corrupt transactions perpetrated by the deceased corrupt person, which does not prescribe under the constitution.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    Crime does not pay – a rule we kept on hearing but in the Philippines, it pays to be corrupt while in office kaya lahat with very very few exception nag nanakaw to buy their cases later…

  • Max Tandan

    If I’m not mistaken this head of office punished employees by letting them look at the wall for hours while sitting down, I read it in this paper

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    HaHa Talaga naman may apo na sa tuhod at namatay na sa tagal ng panahon hindi pa nai akyat sa korte at hindi pa naipakulong. In short wala naman justice sa Pinas. Sandalan lang to ng mga elitista at magnanakaw.

    O kaya ikulong nyo na lang mga abo ng akusado para may remembrance kayo.

  • $26606290

    1996!!!?

  • wakats

    Manapat got the ire of the PNoy henchmen when he allegedly produced bogus documents against FPJ in 2004 and they got their chance in 2012 when the Ombudsman filed the graft information against Manapat on September 7, 2012 – more than 4 years after his death on December 23, 2008.

    Something is terribly wrong with our justice system and Ombudsman Morales should do something about this shameful negligence/laxity that makes the graft office the laughingstock/derision among the law practitioners/students of law in the country, not to mention the lawyers/partymates of gma……

  • simplengmamayan

    Jury system n lang tayo para mabilis ang paghatol!

  • mangtom

    Jeanne Thompson: Thanks for the detaila – long list of sleeping ombudsmen. I did not know that. Kaya malakas ang loob ng mga government officials. Kasi the justice system moves in a snall’s pace. They know that time is on their side-splurge on the ill-gotten wealth while the ombudsmen sleep. That is why in the Philippines, crime does pay. The crooks know how to manipulate the system. Kawawa naman si Juan and Juana dela Cruz. They are always getting the short end of the stick.

    One case in point-the Ampatuans. What the h#ll is going on?

    • $14334231

      marami pang binibiling mga witnesses at judges ang mga ampatuan kaya “on hold” muna ang kaso nila….

  • farmerpo

    What is glaring us in the face and we don’t see? We are in the computer age and our government is still in the bronze age. There is absolutely no connectivity between government offices. NSO BIR DOJ etc etc are kingdoms all by themselves. File a case against a dead person….. with all due respect, Madam Ombudsman, time to call it a day.
    And this after the high tech presentation in the Corona hearing.. tsk tsk. nakakhiya. Sa Japan, harakiri ang katapat.

  • boybakal

    It is what you get if you have an Ombudsman who is already ulyanin.
    Poor dead….still being killed.

    • Jay Ramos

      mali ka, hindi pa sya Ombudsman noon!

  • hardyakka

    2008 pa namatay ngayon lang i-winidraw ang kaso? Ibig sabihin, natutulog sa pansitan ang mga taga Ombudsman, sayang ang pera ng taong bayan….

  • klepto

    kumusta na kaya ang sex life ni conchita? Meron pa ba kaya sinyang iyotan session?

    • Jay Ramos

      You are so bastos, para kang walang pinagkatandaan!

  • disqusted0fu

    Now that’s PH justice system… apparently it take’s longer than a man’s life. More especially now since noynoying is a trend in the government. Many government officials are following their noynoying leader, while they all get paid with the big bucks coming from the pockets of the citizens.

  • generalproblem

    siguro dapat ilitin yung mga ari arian ng mga yan para kahit patay na sila eh makakabayad pa din sa kalokohan nila. at para malaman ng mga taong gobyerno na magiging kawawa ang mga maiiwan nila pag namatay sila na nagnakaw sa kaban.

  • klepto

    Mabuti pa magdukit ka na lang Conchita.

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