Sandigan affirms raps vs ex-Rizal governor over fertilizer scam
Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - December 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has denied the motion of former Rizal governor Casimiro Ynares Jr. to dismiss the four graft cases filed against him in connection with the fertilizer fund scam.

In a 14-page resolution released yesterday, the anti-graft court’s third division said Ynares “failed to raise matters substantially plausible or compellingly persuasive” to warrant the dismissal of the charges.

The cases stemmed from the alleged purchase of liquid fertilizer amounting to P3.597 million in November 2004 and March 2005 without public bidding. The fertilizer was also reportedly overpriced by P3.237 million.

The court found no merit in the claim of Ynares and the other respondents that their constitutional right to speedy trial was violated.

Ynares and his co-accused said there is no justifiable reason for the Office of the Ombudsman to take more than 12 years to finish its investigation and file the cases.

However, the Sandiganbayan said there was no inordinate delay in the proceedings even though the time spent by the ombudsman in its fact-finding investigation was factored in.

“The protection under the right to a speedy disposition of cases should not... deprive the government of its inherent prerogative in prosecuting criminal cases,” the ruling  penned by Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang read.

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.