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Garcia plea bargain deal approved in May — Solgen By Aytch S. de la Cruz 01/06/2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Garcia plea bargain deal approved in May — Solgen

By Aytch S. de la Cruz 01/06/2011

The Sandiganbayan has issued a resolution accepting the plea bargain between prosecutors and former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia as early as May 4, 2010, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) yesterday revealed.

Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz also informed reporters that his office has already filed a 17-page Urgent Motion for Leave to Intervene and a 34-page Omnibus Motion-in-Intervention in a bid to nullify and set aside the resolution granting the plea bargain agreement which was filed on March 16, 2010 through “Joint Motion for Approval of Plea Bargaining Agreement” of the accused and Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

The OSG stressed that the May 4, 2010 resolution of the Sandiganbayan Second Division headed by Presiding JusticeEdilberto Sandoval granting the plea bargaining agreement of Garcia and the OSP of the Office of the Ombudsman should be nullified on the ground that the evidence against Garcia was strong.

Cadiz and Malacañang officials cited records they have culled from the courts including the P200-million check signed by Garcia to emphasize that evidence of guilt was strong against the erstwhile financial manager of the AFP on charges of plunder..... MORE

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