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Prosecutors: Garcia deal a ‘judgment call’ By Arlie O. Calalo 02/15/2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Prosecutors: Garcia deal a ‘judgment call’

By Arlie O. Calalo 02/15/2011

State prosecutors who entered into a plea bargain with former Armed Forces comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia that reduced his plunder case to direct bribery, which is a bailable offense, maintained the agreement with Garcia was a judgment call and that Sen. Franklin Drilon’s statement they all can be hauled to court for gross negligence was not a “proper approach to the problem.”

Standing pat on the propriety of the plea bargain agreement entered into with Garcia, Assistant Ombudsman Jose Tereso de Jesus Jr. also said the Office of the Special Prosecutor had submitted a manifestation before the Sandiganbayan to hold its ruling on the plea bargain deal in abeyance following revelations by ex-public auditor Heidi Mendoza and ret. Col. George Rabusa during the hearings called by both upper and lower chambers “in aid of legislation.”

“For the good senator to press suit against our prosecutors for their judgment call he only happens to hold a contrary opinion, even before the Senate and the House of Representatives can craft the needed legislation, which is supposedly the avowed purpose of their separate hearings on the matter, may not be the proper approach to the problem,” De Jesus said.

He stressed that a manifestation has been submitted before the anti-graft court to give the prosecutors time to find any such material and relevant evidence which would be sufficient for them to change their stand on the issue, if ever,..... MORE

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