Palace formally charges, suspends prosecutor in Garcia plea bargain deal

MALACAÑANG has formally charged and placed under a 90-day preventive suspension Special Prosecutor Wendell Barreras Sulit for graft and betrayal of public trust in connection with the questionable plea bargain deal she had entered into with retired Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia.

In a two-page formal charge signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. and issued on Tuesday, Sulit was suspended for three months to ensure that there will be no tampering with evidence and interference in her investigation.

According to the Palace, Sulit violated existing rules and jurisprudence when she “knowingly and willfully” entered into a plea bargain deal with Garcia in the latter’s P303-million plunder case pending before the Sandiganbayan.

The Palace alleged that Sulit, together with her deputies, “impaired deliberately the case for the prosecution by ignoring and abandoning evidence favorable to the interest of the government and presenting evidence adverse to its cause.”

It also alleged that Sulit failed to discharge her mandated duty of prosecuting erring public officials with utmost responsibility, integrity and professional competence.  Sulit was also accused of causing undue injury to the government and gave unwarranted benefits to Garcia through “manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence.”

Malacañang gave Sulit a period of 10 days within which to submit her answer to the formal charge before the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs (ODESLA). (PCOO)

OSG, moduso og motion for reconsideration sa Garcia plea deal sa dili pa moapela sa SC

Tagbilaran City, May 11 (PIA) – Nauyonan sa legal team sa Malakanyang nga moduso una og tulo
ka consolidated motion for reconsideration sa Sandiganbayan sa dili pa moapela sa Korte Suprema
kalabot sa gihimong pag-aprubar sa anti-graft court sa plea bargaining agreement tali sa Office of the
Ombudsman ug ni kanhi Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller retired Major General
Carlos Garcia.

Matud pa ni Solicitor General Anselmo Cadiz nga gamiton una nila ang tanang legal nga remedyo sa
Sandiganbayan aron kwestyunon ang desisyon niini sa dili pa sila mosaka sa Korte Suprema tungod
kay kun dili kini nila buhaton, mahimong ibasura lamang ang ilang petisyon.

Gipahayag ni Cadiz nga apil sa ilang kuwestyunong desisyon ang gihimong pagpalig-on sa
Sandiganbayan sa Garcia plea deal, pagbasura sa motion for intervention sa Office of the Solicitor
General (OSG) ug pagbasura sa motion for inhibition kang Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Edilberto

Mahinomduman nga gi-aprubahan sa Sandiganbayan ang plea bargaining agreement diin ipaule ni
Garcia sa gobyerno ang P135 milyon ug mosulod kini sa guilty plea sa kasong irect bribery nga mas
ubos sa kasong plunder nga gipasaka batok niya. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)