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Weder-weder lang yan FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 05/14/2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weder-weder lang yan

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
05/14/2011
Malacañang’s logic truly escapes me.

Just the other day, still reacting to the plea bargain deal entered into between the Ombudsman and retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia which was approved by the Sandiganbayan, Noynoy’s mouthpiece Edwin Lacierda was quoted as saying that the plea bargain must be scrapped, even after the Sandiganbayan approved it, and despite the fact that the principle of double jeopardy stands in the way. But the Palace insists on this being scrapped because it sends a wrong signal to government officials to steal, since they can always plead guilty to a lesser offense of graft, by forging a plea bargain deal with the Ombudsman.

But Noynoy and his boys, claiming that they are outraged at the anti-graft justices’ decision to uphold the plea deal, continue to make it a big issue.

Lacierda said Noynoy finds the Sandiganbayan resolution totally “unacceptable” and “legally wrong” because it would encourage more government officials to steal big time since they now have the option to forge a plea bargain deal with the Office of the Ombudsman and insisting that the Sandiganbayan ruling “should be reversed.”.... MORE

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