Neri bid to quash subpoena denied


Former Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri: Motion denied. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday denied the motion to quash the subpoena for former Economic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri to testify in the graft cases against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In a resolution, the antigraft court’s 4th Division said the issue of whether or not prosecution witness Neri should obey the court subpoena has not been rendered moot and academic.

It said Neri would remain on the list of witnesses that the prosecution intends to present in these cases in the regular course of trial.

The court said Neri would have no choice but to heed the subpoena and take the witness stand.

Neri earlier petitioned the court that he could not be validly summoned to testify on his conversations and communications with Arroyo, his former superior, as this would violate his right to remain silent under the Constitution.

He said he is also an accused in another criminal case that is related to the graft cases.

The charges stem from the contract entered into by the Department of Transportation and Communications with Zhing Ying Telecommunications Equipment for the supply of broadband equipment.—Cynthia D. Balana

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Inday Neri, why don’t you just take it like a man and endure some of it. Just like your lover boy Jun Lozada is doing. We all know these are just trumped up charges and you’ll be cleared by and by. Si GMA nga ilang kaso na ang na-dismiss due to sheer lack of merit. The truth shall set you free. For now, put up with it.

  • mamer2

    “Neri here nor dir.!”

  • Reynaldo

    kaya ayaw sumipot ay baka mabuking kung ano ang kulay ng dugo.

  • wawa2172

    Neri should testify, whatever he says in court, truth or lies will be taken with face value. If he says that GMA abolish the NBN project because she listened to him or did not listen to his allegations that the project is full of “commissioners” then so be it.. Neri may not be a reliable witness because ang sasabihin lang niya sa court is his allegation that Abalos offered him a guaranteed 200M commission kung matuloy ang project. Somehow, walang masyadong pag babago sa PNoy admin with regards to corruption. The custom smuggling, the 4Ps, DPWH projects, BIR, DILG among others are still raging with corruption kaya hangang ngayon hirap pa rin ang Pinas. Marami pang dapat gawin si PNoy dahil puro kalaban lang sa plitika ang nailinis but not his KKK like Biazon, Dinky atbp.

  • nice_boy

    Neri must obey the subpoena. He can just invoke his right to remain silent at the witness stand. He is after all an accused person and cannot be denied this right.

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Akala ko patay na to si Neri — isa rin to’ng dapat ikulong nang pang-habang buhay o di kaya bitayin…mga ganitong klaseng tao hindi nato dapat bigyan nang pagkakataong mabuhay at pakisama na rin yun iba pang katulad nila (GMA,Abalos,etc..) .. mga Peste sa lipunan.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    kulang pa siguro neri kaya ayaw pa bumigay!

  • hustlergalore

    what neri’s balls are left to be squashed? LOL

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Neri, it is your moral duty and dont evade for mere technicality. All you have to say is the truth, the whole truth. And nothing else.

    • Rex Robles

      truth ? yeah he will say the truth…under oath pa…baka magsisi ka hindi mo magustuhang marinig ang sasabihin nyang totoo. kasi namimili ka ng totoong sasabihin nya patungkol sa broadband project. kapag sinabi nyang walang kinalaman sa suhulan si gloria hindi mo matanggap yun. kaya ngayon palang mag decide kna kung gusto mo bang tumestigo o hindi na si neri.

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        Marami kang tsetsebureche. Let him out and talk.
        It will set us all free. But not Neri and Goring. They will go to jail.

      • Rex Robles

        pa comment comment ka pla hindi mo nman inintinding basahin ang article dito. sina subpoena si neri para pwersahing tumestigo at hindi para kasuhan…anong pinagsasabi mong they will go to jail…bwiset !

      • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

        Ikaw ang bwiset. One can go to jail If they ignore a subpoena. Contempt of court tanga.

        Nagmamarunong ka, bugok ka naman pala.

      • Rex Robles

        palusot kpa engot ! intindihin mo nga reply mo 0gag !

  • joshmale2004

    Supreme court will rescue Neri courtesy of the Magnificent 7 appointed by GMA. Mark my word.

  • Barak_O

    just tuwad over romy
    it won’t hurt and you’ll enjoy it

  • kismaytami

    Yan kasi hindi ka tumuwad sa ‘tuwid na daan’ ni abnoy. Yari ka ngayon!

  • Uragorn

    Malupit tong baklitang ito, hanggang ngayon umiwas pa rin magsalita tungkol sa nalalaman nya. Ano kaya pinakain ni pandak dito, o baka si tabatsoy ang nagsubo ng kung ano?

  • wakats

    Neri is a prosecution witness who earlier made reckless statements to the press about his conversation with gma relative to the ZTE scandal and is expected by the prosecution to repeat the same under oath during the trial.

    Will he tell the truth and be a hero or invoke his constitutional right to remain silent – and be a villain?

  • JasonBieber

    It’s sad that this guy and his department approves a project that would
    have improved the government’s communication system and then along with
    his cohort Lozada blames GMA for the issues.

    This project was
    above board and followed the proper procedures that went through the
    DOTC and NEDA. It doesn’t make sense that a case is pending that
    involved the former President when it was cancelled because a few people
    were bitter.

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