- Written by Benjamin B. Pulta
- Saturday, 14 July 2012
In a decision penned by Associate Justice Roberto Abad dated June 26, the tribunal ruled that Cojuangco, Enrile and 16 others could no longer be prosecuted since the charges against them had already prescribed.
In the case of respondents, who were charged by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for violation of Sec. 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the prescriptive period is 10 years.
“Prescription of actions is a valued rule in all civilized states from the beginning of organized society. It is a rule of fairness since, without it, the plaintiff can postpone the filing of his action to the point of depriving the defendant, through the passage of time, of access to defense witnesses who would have died or left to live elsewhere, or to documents that would have been discarded or could no longer be located,” the high court said..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune