Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • share this

Chief Justice to hound Sandiganbayan for plea bargain deal with General Garcia

By: - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ
/ 06:29 PM May 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said she will create a panel to conduct a preliminary investigation of the Sandiganbayan Associate Justices who were slapped with a criminal complaint for approving the plea bargain agreement between Carlos Garcia and the Office of the Ombudsman.

De Lima said she acknowledges that the Supreme Court has overall jurisdiction over members of the judiciary from judges to justices. But she pointed out that a “criminal complaint under the Revised Penal Code is recognizable by the Department of Justice.”

“The [DoJ] has the authority to investigate and prosecute violations of the law,” she declared. “If, in relation to their work, the Ombudsman has full jurisdiction, the DoJ may have concurrent jurisdiction so unless taken out by the Ombudsman, the DoJ must take cognizance to the case. We will create a panel,” De Lima said.


Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Justice, Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan, Supreme Court
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.