Ombudsman Wants Jinggoy, Revilla Suspended
Ringo | On 01, Jul 2014
The prosecution panel of the Office of the Ombudsman asked the Sandiganbayan to suspend the public officials who are allegedly involved in the “Pork Barrel Scam.”
The panel cited the plunder law (Republic Act No. 7080) that states that any public official whom a criminal prosecution under valid information for plunder is pending in court shall be suspended from the office. Thus, asking the Sandiganbayan to suspend Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla and Richard Cambe.
“Jurisprudence sets the period of suspension pendente lite at 90 days” the Ombudsman said in a statement.
In an earlier report, the office filed separate motions to amend the plunder charges against senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Revilla and Estrada. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales defended this move noting that the amendments were only a matter of form and won’t change the theory of the case.
“The prosecutors were just being thorough,” Morales explained noting that those people saying their information were weak and hurriedly prepared were speaking in favor of their clients. “Given the meticulous effort that entailed the preparation of the more than 100-page Resolutions, the same effort went into the drafting of the two-page Information.”
The Pork Barrel Scam is one of the country’s biggest corruption scandal. It allegedly defrauded the Filipino people with P10 billion by making bogus organizations where senators can allocate their money in exchange of commission.