Palace to pursue fight vs plea bargain by ex-AFP comptroller in plunder case

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Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is determined to fight the Sandiganbayan ruling affirming the plea bargain agreement forged years ago between then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptroller Carlos Garcia.

Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima have been told to “take action,” Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang announced on Thursday, at a briefing in the Palace.

“We are very disturbed by this development,” said Carandang of the 73-page joint resolution promulgated Wednesday by the anti-graft court’s Special Second Division through Associate Justice Samuel Martirez.

The resolution denied the motion filed by government lawyers, through the Office of the Solicitor-General, to intervene “for utter paucity of merit.”

It also dismissed the solicitor general’s recommendation to set aside the plea bargaining agreement.

Former military comptroller Carlos Garcia. FILE PHOTO

“As you know, this issue led to the impeachment of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, and so we’re certainly disturbed by this latest development,” said Carandang, when asked how this would affect President Aquino’s anti-corruption drive, especially involving members of the bureaucracy, whether current and former.  The House of Representatives voted to impeach Gutierrez in 2011.  Gutierrez opted to resign before facing a Senate trial.

“Right now, the Department of Justice and the Solicitor General are studying what legal options we may take, but we don’t have a definite course of action right now. But the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Solicitor General are on it,” said Carandang.

He issued a categorical answer when asked about chances, if any, of Garcia evading prosecution.  “We’re prepared to take action to contest that,” said Carandang.

Asked about the President’s reaction to the anti-graft court decision, the secretary added:  “I haven’t spoken to him yet about that, so I wouldn’t know what his personal reaction was. But let’s wait for the recommendations of DOJ and SolGen, and then we can decide what concrete steps can be taken.”

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  • lolong.buwaya

    50 – 50 aba pwede na hindi na masama.. hindi ka pa kulong.. san ka pa!

    • amapangarap

      kaya nga eh. pero yung mag nakaw lang ng ilang daan, kulong agad at may kasama pa gulpi

  • kapayapaan_1900

    When money floats around, our courts tend to favor who has it. How I wish justice is dispensed for justice sake in this extraordinary time when ordinary citizens are thirsting for more convictions of plunderers who left the public coffers dry.

  • pedro Bato

    Let us all fight this plea market bargain sale !!! I am reiterating my call to the courageous and brilliant honorable congressmen who impeached the former Ombudsman and the CJ of the Supreme Court . . to name a few. . . Rep. Rodolfo Farinas, Rep. Niel Tupas, Rep. Neptali Gonzales , etc. Your countrymen are again in need of your valuable services for possible IMPEACHMENT of these protectors of bigtime grafters. . These protectors are testing the patience of the Filipino people. They are out of touch with reality . . Makikita rin ng mga ito ang hinahanap nila . . . . . .

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    The problem with our judicial system is they are not accountable to anyone even the law thus erring judges that are mostly hoods in robes rule with impunity. These hoods in robes are appointed by trapos that are in turn elected by a idiotic voters whose preferences are easily swayed by their shallow partisanship based on personality and patronage.

    How can we rid our judicial system with erring corrupt judges and justices when most if not all in the police investigative agencies are corrupt and even if there are honest cops they seem to be a tiny minority drowned out and manipulated by their corrupt colleagues that are in the majority. What a shame and how dare these judges rule in favor of a discredited impeached Ombudsman’s plea bargain agreement….. I would have wanted to ask them if they had shame at all but then again how can they have shame when they don’t even have conscience?

    • Simplify1

      Where were you when the thief justice was impeached? The highest judge of the philippines was kicked out of service by the people through the senators and congressmen that we voted! It is unfair to generalize the system as evil just because of a few rotten ones…. It is very defeatist to group every government official in one basket… ang tawag sa mga gaya mo ay TALANGKA! Wake up and be the new pinoy na hindi na uso ang talangka mentality!!

      • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

        When majority are corrupt then it is just right to be a “talangka” in trying to put down the shameless corrupt hoods in robes where they belong, hehehe.

        No one is generalizing but if there are honest ones they are in the minority and no amount of change in the administration, be it the executive, legislative, and judicial will change the culture of corruption overnight. Ridding the SC with its thief justice is useless when nothing really changed but the same illogical ruling like the shameless removal of the marginalized requirement for the party list system…… and the right question really is HOW MUCH or MAGKANO BA para magpakagago ang mga huwes?

      • Simplify1

        sinong “majority are corrupt” na sinasabi mo? At the same time “no one is generalizing”? medyo oxymoron statement ata yan…

        You become “defeatist” by saying wala ng pagasa mapabuti ang pinas, what would you suggest? that we just roll over and die? Who do you think could immediately address the corruption that has been embedded in philippine politics? I believe in PNoy’s sincerity in trying to stamp out corruption….this is no easy feat…

      • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

        Which planet did you come from or residing? hehehe

        Suggestion? I do have a lot of suggestion but I don’t think it will push thru when even Noynoy is disrespecting the constitutional provision on political dynasty in allowing Bam to run instead of leading by example. Hypocrites indeed and worse living in denial as if they are in a dreamland , hehehe.

        Go ahead and make my day by telling the victims of injustices that there are more honest judges, hehehe…….. Let me ask you this again MAGKANO BA to be in denial? hehehe

      • Simplify1

        hahahahaha!! You really think that I’m asking for your suggestion?? what I said was just a figure of speech!! Sa tagalog pa ang ibig kong sabihin ay “ano ang gusto mo? basta na lang gumulong at mamatay??”

        Whatever gave you the idea that I was expecting a suggestion to come from you? If you did, it wouldn’t even matter to me, I would not even take it like a grain of salt (ooppss figure of speech eto ha, intindihin mo maige kung kaya mo).

        hirap sa inyo, nagdudunong dunungan tungkol sa constitution…. You say that PNoy disrespected the constitution provision on political dynasty. Hahahaha…It is either that you are simply repeating what you hear from equally unlearned people about the constitution or you simply don’t understand the constitution….so for your information, the constitution has a provision against dynasties but the wordings of the constitution POINTED to the legislature to DEFINE THE LAW AGAINST DYNASTIES!! As of this very minute, congress has not yet passed a law that defined what a dynasty would refer to! hanggang first degree ba? second degree, third degree relative? In short wala pang batas sa detalye…so, pano magiging disrespectful si PNOY sa batas na wala pang napapasa sa congresso?? (yan totoong tanong, hindi figure of speech)

        BTW, graduate ka ba ng high school man lang?

      • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

        Tanga…… that is precisely the point you are so gullible into believing that these trapos including the Aquino-Cojoangco clan did not deliberately fail to pass the enabling law defining political dynasty….. Go ahead, ignorance is indeed bliss or do you get paid for being stupid, hehehe.

        Kung hindi ka ba naman gunggong, it has been 2.5 decades since the prohibition on political dynasty and they have not defined it truly makes you an idiot to even not demand they do their job.

      • Simplify1

        tanga? gunggong?? ouch! aray! na saktan ako!

        You really just don’t get it! Is the philippines under martial law or dictatorship that the Aquino-Cojuangco can easily and magically create a law defining what a political dynasty is?

        In your simple mind, are you at least aware that it is only congress that can pass laws? Tama ka sana if the aquino is sitting on or not approving a bill that defines dynasty, ang kaso, wala pang pumapasa sa congreso defining what a dynasty is, so pano aaksionan ni PNoy ang batas na hindi pa ginagawa ng congresso…

        tanga? gunggong?? halatang pikon ka na dahil supalpal na supalpal ka… hindi ka marunong kasi magbasa ng batas kaya jaywalking ka lagi!

        At least, graduate ka ba ng elementary man lang?

      • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

        Tanga ka talaga eh, hehehehe, what has martial law got to do with passing an enabling law defining political dysnasty? Aquino used to be a tongress representative and a senator isn’t it and what exactly was his role in making sure that no enabling law is passed on political dynasty?

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Pagmumukha na lang ni Garcia balasubas na at eto, manunuba din pala. Half half pala ang deal kay Merceditas a. Mga tuta talaga ni Goring, nagkakalat.

    • rodben

      Is this a media mileage? Kasi yong nasa BIR at Custom nan dyan parin sa kabila ng kapalpakan ng tax collections….just asking mga KABAYAN in Pinas…

  • ting0508

    The best thing to do is to file impeachment cases agains these Sandiganbayan justices who agreed with the plea nargain of Garcia and resigned Ombudsman Gutierrez. Expose these Sandiganbayan Justices so that they will be condemned by people!

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

    Moro-moro na naman. Basta may porsyento si PNoy, okay na.

    • MANGLUCIO

      YOU ARE NOT ONLY DUMB AND STUPID BUT ALSO UNEDUCATED MORON.. READ THE ARTICLE WORD FOR WORD IF YOU CAN READ AND TELL ME IF THERE’S ANY SUGGESTION IN THERE THAT PNOY IS ON THE TAKE JUST LIKE YOUR IDOL..GARCIA..IDIOT!

      • Simplify1

        Relax lang manglucio, don’t waste your intelligence, time and effort responding to anti-PNoy bloggers who are bereft of common sense let alone understanding to reason….

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

        Yes, that’s what my palace sources tell me.

    • 33Sambuang2

      ugok ka talaga. porsyento? hindi sa kumukuha noon. ang idol mong dinidillan mo ng pwet na si GMA and me porsyento lagi. GUNGGONG KA AT NAKAPAESTUPIDO MO.

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

        Bakit ka galit kung hindi totoo?

  • $4612959

    I’m on the same page w/ PNoy on this issue.

  • AllaMo

    Life-style and SALN check for all sandiganbayan “justices”, please.

  • rinom

    here on earth there is no justice at all if it is not given from above. there is only one law giver and who justifies,,, it is God who cant be swayed by money. kung aasa lang tayo sa tao, (mga legal system) walang mangyayari diyan. ipagkaloob natin sa Diyos ang mga iyan,,, tiyak kong huhusgahan iyan. because God is not a respecter of person.

  • boybakal

    Respect the decision, it is respect for the law.
    Let’ us accept defeat, the rule of law prevails.
    Or else, this gov’t is gov’t of persecution disregarding the law.

    Former President Musharaff was allowed to run again in Pakistan despite of so many indictment against him.
    They respect and abide the law.

    • Jose Laxa

      But this person don’t respect the law and eventually only 2 things left the gun barrel and the indictment from God

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    Isn’t this the same case that VP Binay sought for Pres Aquino’s consideration in a confidential letter that was exposed by the media 2 years ago? If this is the same issue, the support to Gen Garcia may have influenced the Sandiganbayan’s decision. VP Binay may have to explain that letter to the people because Gen Garcia’s case directly contributed to the country’s inability to defend its people and territories and this weakness seems to have attracted many of our troubles on matters of national interests.

  • 33Sambuang2

    isa lang yan sa maraming magnanakaw na galing sa PMA. PHILIPPINE MAGNANAKAW ACADEMY. PWEH…

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Execute this Pig (Gen.Garcia) on public by firing squad. Let us have a sample for this kind of person who doesn’t deserve to live.

  • BOYPDAF

    makulong man yan at makasuhan wala na ang kaban ng bayan
    !

  • Leonardof

    The “matuwid na daan” of Pnoy will be an impossible dream so long as the court is not rid of corupt judges/lawyers.

  • $14334231

    “we are very disturbed by this development”…carandang sAID, and followed it with his statements….but at the end, when asked if president balut-pnoy was aware of the court’s decision, his answer was “[I] have not spoken to him yet”…so, who are the “WE” that are disturbed?… your “WE” is the “key” word…pray tell us who is your we….and as for gutierrez, she had a talked with balut-pnoy, after which she resigned, and no further inquires followed…….did you forget this already?????….caragdagan ka pa sa problema…isipin mong maigi muna ang sasabihin mo para hindi ka mag mukhang isda na nabibingwit sa bibig…..

  • Putakte Naman

    nakalusot na to

  • disqusted0fu

    As I’ve said time and again, Pnoy’s anti corruption drive, just like his presidency is a hoax. It is meant to persecute his political foes and at the same time protect his allies. This is why corruption in the PH government has stayed the same, if not have gotten worse because Pnoy allies, especially his KKK are free in doing pretty much whatever they want.

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