Rabusa hits Ombudsman’s dismissal of plunder case vs ex-AFP generals, ranking officers

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Former Armed Forces budget officer George Rabusa. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Army Colonel George Rabusa expressed disgust on the Ombudsman’s decision dismissing the plunder complaint against former military generals and other ranking officers over alleged misspent P2.3 billion military fund.

“I am disgusted. The [Ombudsman] resolution said I failed to prove that there was conversion. What else do they want,” Rabusa told reporters after a meeting with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

Early this month, the Ombudsman, in a resolution said they found no probable cause to warrant the filing of criminal charges against retired Armed Forces chiefs of staffs Generals Diomedio Villanueva, Roy Cimatu and Efren Abu and Major Generals Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot.

The Ombudsman said while Rabusa claimed he gave money to the officials, “the source of the money is not supported by documentary evidence which would show that the money came from converted funds.”

“I have presented truckloads of documents and a Senate hearing was even conducted on this. I think that is enough to prove my allegations,” Rabusa said.

Rabusa said they will file a motion for reconsideration with the Office of the Ombudsman to seek a reversal of its ruling.

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  • patriotic_act

    its the plea bargain.. and the monetary returns the government will secure from Garcia’s assets.

  • boshog

    I am not a lawyer, but I think the plunder cases can be refilled as they have not been brought to court. Hence no double jeopardy. We just need an aggressive and clear-eyed Ombudsman.

    • boldyak

      what we need are good lawyers as prosecutors…at yung mga hindi basta utos ng nasa itaas gagawan ng kaso kahit mahina ang case at walang ebidenssya…kaya panay sablay ang kaso…cases are filed to please the one setting on top….

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

    Mr. Rabusa, better get used to it. This is not the first time Ombudsman Morales is dismissing cases despite the preponderance of evidence. Ombudsman Morales is only human. She too is vulnerable to pressure from higher-ups. She too has relatives and family members who are vulnerable to blackmail because of their past mistakes and indiscretions. Nobody is perfect. No man or woman is an island. No one is insulated. Not even the Ombudsman. In the words of Angie Reyes, “I did not invent corruption. It was already there when I came along.” If PNoy can have Ombudsman Morales dismiss the “Noodle Scam” against his cousin ex-DepEd Sec. Jesli Lapus, ano pa kaya ang kaso vs. AFP Generals / Ranking Officers.

    Better get used to it. For consolation, watch this video especially prepared for you: VIDEO ==> abs-cbnnews,com/video/insights/03/19/12/punto-por-punto-lapus-cleared-ombudsman-noodle-scam

    • Mamang Pulis

      noodle scam? DepED boss Jesli Lapus?

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

        Yesiree. Check out the video sir.

    • whyinthisworld

      You are right weder2 lang. Only in the Philippines. No rich millionaires in this promise land have been punished nor even tried in court for corruption or any kind of criminality. My question is where are we going.

  • 2rey3

    The fight must go on.

  • UrHONOR

    I commiserate with George Rabusa. There MUST be a compelling reason why this event turned into this tragic conclusion. Morales has been doing a great job in running after the MMMs of the country……We are not privy to what the technical details entail. But apparently, based on the volumes and tomes of records and documents presented by Rabusa, there is no way that the defendants could get away from the “dragnet”.

    Nakikiramay ako sa sama-ng-kalooban ni Rabusa dahil sa pangyayari. Tuwang-tuwa pa naman ako noon na, kako, sa wakas, makakatikim din ang mga kabayan ng katarungan mula sa mga kawalang-hiyaan at mga kabulastugang pinaggagawa ng mga tao sa military…. lalo na ang mga namumunong mga matataas ang katungkulan….tapos, ganito ang kalalabasan. HINDI isusugal ni Rabusa ang karangalan at buhay nya sa isang bagay na wala siyang katiyakan……he put on the line the remainder of his life in the hope that the roomful of evidences against the “hooligans” would produce the justice that we are all expecting. Sad. Very, very sad. Here’s hoping against hope that something else better will come out of this event.

    • boldyak

      kahit sangkatutak na papers ang nanjan kung hindi naman makikita na sangkot ang nakademanda, those papers are useless…

      • UrHONOR

        OO nga…tama ka….lalo na kung iba ang tinitingnan, talagang hindi makikita.

        (Napakatanga nga malamang nitong si Rabusa na isang kwartong mga papeles ang hawak, e, wala naman palang makikita. Baka yong mga dokumentong pinakita nya ay galing sa Motor Pool ng P.A.)

  • Htee

    Gravy naman, sa dami ng documents, inuupuan na lang nga nya, not one single sheet that can be use as ebidenz….fantaztikz….gravy agen.
    Pweh…pweh.

    • boldyak

      kaya nga nakabalot, panay blank papers yata mga yan, walang silbi..

      • jack_bagbaga2011

        nabenta na yan mga truckloads of documents ng may may dumaan na magbobote

  • nice_boy

    The evidences on conversion are all against Rabusa. Dinadamay lang nya mga COS. Hindi naman sila masabit kasi cash ang inabot sa kanila at wala silang pinirmahang recibo. If somebody will file a complaint against Rabusa, all the evidence is with the Ombudsman already. He is a corrupt officer trying to wiggle out of corruption case by implication his superior officers. The Ombudsman is correct. There is no direct evidence linking the Chiefs of Staff to the money converted by Rabusa. Only Rabusa’s allegation.

  • boldyak

    “I have presented truckloads of documents and a Senate hearing was even conducted on this. I think that is enough to prove my allegations,” Rabusa said.

    ……Rabusa….read the decision…”The Ombudsman said while Rabusa claimed he gave money to the officials, “the source of the money is not supported by documentary evidence which would show that the money came from converted funds.”……do you still not understand it?….

  • siegfeil

    grabe talaga garapalan na iyan. kilan kaya ang tunay na hustiya?

    • boldyak

      hustisya sa mga pinagbintangan nang walang katibayan…

  • penoy2012

    Kahit truckloads of evidence, pero wala namang tuwirang patunay na ang isang tao ay nagkamal ng illegal, P50million pataas, matatalo din yan.

  • boldyak

    excerpt from other news article:
    “In the complaint filed by Arturo Besana, the resident auditor assigned by the Commission on Audit to the AFP Headquarters from 1994 to 1995, Rabusa admitted that he directed the conversion of P200 million into dollars and had it transferred to a bank in Bangkok, Thailand.”…

    ….so rabusa is the brain of all these conversion…hahaha…ng nahuli iba ang pinagtuturo…ginawa pang state witness, at ngayon may immunity na…abswelto ang pinag-aakusa nya, at hindi sya pedeng akusahan…

  • Karabkatab

    malaki rin ang kalakaran dyan sa omb, parang CA or SC din. sa OMB popular dyan ang PARKING FEE, meaning ur case is on sleep mode while ur parking fee is in effect.

  • Putakte Naman

    Rabusa, wala ka bang napapansin? Mga kabaro mong PMAr corrupt! Baka ikaw din ah? Huwag kanang magtaka, ang dami niyo nang kurap diyan. Integrity kuno sa PMA naku kawawang Pilipinas kong mahal.

  • padrefaura

    Hindi sa dami ng ebidensya yan, sa kabuluhan ng ebidensya binabatay and desisyon

  • doodzie

    kala ko ba kaya pinatalsik si mercidita guiterriez eh para umusad ung mga kaso .. eh bat ganun ung kala nyong matinong pinalit eh ganun din ang decision .. eh di ibig sabhin tama pala mga decision ni guitierrez .. na justify ni morales

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    yan ang tuwid na daan!

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    kawawang rabusa, ikaw lang naman kasi ang umamin noon sa senate hearing kaya magdusa ka ngayon

  • jack_bagbaga2011

    “I have presented truckloads of documents and a Senate hearing was even conducted on this. I think that is enough to prove my allegations,” Rabusa said.

    “I did my best, but my best wasn’t good enough, cause here we are back where we were before, seems nothing ever changes…” theme song ni rabusa ngayon

  • kipbuts

    Takot lang seguro ang Ombudsman kaya dinismiss?

  • BOYPDAF

    So bakit nag harakiri si Angie Reyes Trip lang nia?Alam mo ung Conscience ng tao ke tulog ka o gising di yan aalis lalo na kapag mali ang ginawa mo.dangan nga lamang itong mga heneral na buhay pa at umani ng pabaon,eh makakapal ang mukha at kaya kontrolin ang konsyensiya.pero si Reyes siguro matapat na tao ngunit nasilaw ng kaunti sa pera hindi matnggap kaya nagpakamatay!

  • boybakal

    Truckloads of documents….only paper documents, nothing substantial, nothing important.
    Easy to accuse, hard to prove.
    Case dismissed….Good.
    Rabusa should be charged of malicious accusations.

  • Ibulgarmo Bayan

    That is partly wrong for our military officials who accuse their colleagues in the military for a wrongdoings without supported by strong documentary evidences. They think that their exposition of an anomaly even considered a hearsay is enough. They used this trek to get recognition and praises for their own personal interests. Many military officials in the Philippines became senators because of these tricks. It’s indeed different in the Philippines. Military officials in the United State of America who rebelled against their government were sentenced and executed. While in the Philippines, they are voted into office. Folks, just think.

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