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Garcia admits initiating plea bargain By Charlie V. Manalo 01/26/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Garcia admits initiating plea bargain

By Charlie V. Manalo 01/26/2011

Amnestied Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ claims of a missing retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia was a complete dud, as the “missing” former military comptroller showed up at the House of Representatives to face the panel’s interrogators yesterday.

Garcia showed up yesterday at the hearing of the House committee on justice and admitted he had initiated the plea bargain agreement he entered into with the Office of the Ombudsman after members of his family were incarcerated in the United States sometime in March, 2009 in connection with their P303-million plunder case.

Garcia, accompanied by lawyer Constantino de Jesus, however, would not disclose who in the Office of the Ombudsman was involved in the deal although he was quick to add the idea of a plea bargain “was already in the negotiation stage as early as May 2008.”

“Knowing that they (Office of the Ombudsman) have a weak case, I did not immediately succumb to the offer,” Garcia told Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez.

“I knew, from the very starts that which was important (to pin me down) was for a whistleblower to come out.”.... MORE

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