Even if he was cleared by the Court of Appeals (CA), Senior Superintendent Eduardo Acierto was nonetheless a co-accused of former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima in reference to the courier service mess.
The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has issued a decision which denied his movement to be excluded from the graft case towards Purisima.
The CA had earlier junked the Office of the Ombudsman’s dismissal order towards Acierto over the identical incident.
“The dismissal of the administrative case against movant will/does not necessarily dismiss the criminal case against him,” the Sixth Division dominated.
“The Sandiganbayan, being a co-equal of the Court of Appeals, is not bound by the latter’s findings/decisions,” it identified.
The graft case on the Sandiganbayan stemmed from 2011 deal of the PNP with Werfast Documentation Agency Inc. in offering the courier companies for all firearms license purposes.
The Ombudsman found throughout its investigation that Werfast didn’t adjust to authorities laws on courier companies such as prior registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), authority from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to function a supply service, accreditation by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the PNP standards for accreditation.
Because of this, the Ombudsman issued a decision discovering possible trigger to indict all the accused earlier than the Sandiganbayan. In the identical decision, the Ombudsman additionally ordered Acierto’s dismissal from service based mostly on its findings on the case.