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SC upholds graft ruling vs PEA execs.

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a 2003 order of the Office of the Ombudsman that found a graft case against the former officials of the Public Estates Authority (PEA) in the construction of the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.

In a decision released yesterday, the SC dismissed the petition filed by former PEA officials Victor Lacson, Raphael Pocholo Zorilla, Cristina Amposta-Mortel, Manuel Berina, Jr., Jaime Millan, Bernardo Viray, Frisco Francisco San Juan, Carmelita De Leon-Chan, Daniel Dayan, Salvador Malbarosa, Leo Padilla, and Elpidio Damaso who challenged the filing of the charges against them.

The SC said that the Ombudsman's order that found probable cause "did not touch on the issue of guilt or innocence of the accused, as it simply weighed the evidence presented together with the counter-allegations of the accused and determined that there was enough reason to believe that a crime has been committed and that the accused are probably guilty thereof."

Thus, the SC said that the Ombudsman "did not exercise its wide prerogative whimsically, capriciously or arbitrarily."


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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Oct 21, 2015
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