Quantcast
Article Index |Advertise | Mobile | RSS | Wireless | Newsletter | Archive | Corrections | Syndication | Contact us | About Us| Services
 
  Breaking News :    
Advertisement
Property Guide
Inquirer Mobile

INQUIRER ALERT
Get the free INQUIRER newsletter
Enter your email address:

 
Inquirer Headlines / Nation Type Size: (+) (-)
You are here: Home > News > Inquirer Headlines > Nation

  ARTICLE SERVICES      
     Reprint this article     Print this article  
    Send Feedback  
    Post a comment   Share  





imns



Sandiganbayan rejects plea of accused in AFP graft case

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:52:00 01/09/2010

Filed Under: Judiciary (system of justice), Graft & Corruption, Military

THE SANDIGANBAYAN ANTIGRAFT COURT has rejected a motion by four former officials of the soldiers? retirement fund seeking their acquittal on graft charges even without their having presented evidence.

The court disagreed with the contention of the officers that the prosecution?s evidence was insufficient to warrant their conviction. The four former officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Retirement and Separation Benefits System (AFP-RSBS)?Brig. Gen. Jose Ramiscal Jr., former president; Capt. Perfecto Quilicot Jr. and lawyers Meinrado Enrique Bello and Manuel De Satuito?were warned that if they failed to rebut the charges related to alleged anomalous land deals, they would be convicted.

In separate motions, the four accused had filed motions for leave of court to file demurrers to evidence, asking the court to just rule on the pending cases without their defense because the ?prosecution?s pieces of evidence were insufficient to warrant their conviction.?

But the court said: ?After a careful review of the evidence of the prosecution, this court found the same, if unrebutted, sufficient to establish the culpability of all the accused for the violations charged against them.?

The court scheduled three hearing dates in February and March for each of the accused to present his defense.

The four former AFP-RSBS officials face 17 counts of graft and 12 counts of falsification of public documents in various divisions of the antigraft court for over P100 million in allegedly irregular real estate acquisitions in Tanauan, Batangas, between 1996 and 1997.

The AFP-RSBS manages the retirement fund of the military.

Last month, the Sandiganbayan Third Division acquitted the four in one of the cases which involved a 12,157-square-meter property in Tanauan bought by the AFP-RSBS for more than P2.4 million in 1997.

The prosecution had alleged that the Tanauan transaction, approved by the accused, cost the government more than P2 million. But while the court noted many irregularities in the transaction, it ruled that no evidence showed the accused had pocketed money from the allegedly overpriced deal.



Copyright 2014 Philippine Daily Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk.
Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate.
Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer
Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


Share


OTHER STORIES:



  ^ Back to top

© Copyright 2001-2014 INQUIRER.net, An INQUIRER Company

The INQUIRER Network: HOME | NEWS | SPORTS | SHOWBIZ & STYLE | TECHNOLOGY | BUSINESS | OPINION | GLOBAL NATION | Site Map
Services: Advertise | Buy Content | Wireless | Newsletter | Low Graphics | Search / Archive | Article Index | Contact us
The INQUIRER Company: About the Inquirer | User Agreement | Link Policy | Privacy Policy

Advertisement
Philippine Fiesta
TAGAYTAY FONTAINE VILLAS
DZIQ 990
Pacquiao