The Sandiganbayan has affirmed its ruling letting off the hook former protection minister and senator Juan Ponce Enrile in the behest mortgage case in opposition to the cronies of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In a decision promulgated on April 17, the anti-graft courtroom Second Division denied the movement for reconsideration filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) method again in 2005 on the anti-graft courtroom’s 2004 decision dropping Enrile from the accused in Civil Case 0033-H involving the behest loans.
The behest loans pertain to funds granted by the Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Tourism Authority to the companies of alleged Marcos’ crony Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. – Northern Cement Corp., Holiday Villages Philippines, and Coral Islands Resort and Development Corp.
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Enrile was included in the Civil Case 0033-H filed earlier than the courtroom in 1987. It is considered one of the a number of civil circumstances involving ill-gotten wealth lodged in opposition to Marcos, his spouse Imelda, his heirs and his cronies.
In its newest decision, the courtroom agreed with Enrile’s protection that the plaintiff didn’t specify the acts for which he was included in the civil case.
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In its 2004 decision, the courtroom already stated the amended grievance over the behest loans and contract “mentions no act or omission” implicating Enrile, and that the grievance “consists of mere inferences and conclusions which cannot give rise to any cause of action against defendant Enrile.”
The courtroom stated dropping Enrile’s identify is “justified” as a result of it seems Enrile’s identify was solely “erroneously included” in the grievance.
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In its current decision, the courtroom discovered no benefit in the movement for reconsideration filed by the plaintiff that Enrile was “deliberately” included in the grievance “after thoughtful evaluation of all relevant facts and circumstances.”
While the plaintiff stated Enrile was included as a “conspirator” owing to his function in Marcos’ martial rule which is “well-known and part of recent history,” the courtroom stated the grievance doesn’t state any acts or omissions attributed to Enrile, and that it merely accommodates “a broad allegation that the defendants conspired with each other” to build up ill-gotten wealth.
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Enrile is alleged to be the important architect of martial legislation that cemented Marcos’ two decade rule. He later turned his again on Marcos and led the navy to a peaceable individuals rebellion that toppled the dictatorship.
What the plaintiff talked about in its movement for reconsideration are mere “factual averments to demonstrate the participation of defendant Enrile in the acquisition of ill-gotten wealth” as a conspirator, the courtroom stated.
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“This Court restates the findings in the assailed Resolution that the dropping of defendant Enrile from the complaint is justified. Indeed, the Third Amended Complaint contains mere inferences and conclusions of law, which are not statements of fact sufficient to implicate defendant Enrile,” the courtroom stated.
“In this case, the plaintiff’s Third Amended Complaint shows that no statements of the ultimate facts were presented that would constitute or support the plaintiff’s cause of action against defendant Enrile,” the courtroom added.
Civil Case 003-H concerned behest loans and credit score privileges granted by the Development Bank of the Philippines in the quantity of P603.three million for the good thing about Northern Cement Corp.; acquisition of the plant, machineries and amenities of Alpha Integrated Textile Mills Inc. in favor of Southern Textile Mills beneath disadvantageous phrases; and mortgage and advances from the Philippine Tourism Authority in favor of Holiday Villages Philippines Inc. and Coral Island Resort and Development Corp. in the quantity of P70 million to finance a ghost village resort advanced venture.
Cojuangco controls the Northern Cement Corp, Southern Textile Mills Inc., and Holiday Villages Philippines Inc. and Coral Island Resort and Development Corp.
The newest decision was penned by Associate Justice Michael Frederick Musngi and concurred by division chairperson Associate Justice Oscar Herrera Jr. and Associate Justice Zaldy Trespeses.
Pending a number of civil circumstances earlier than the courtroom, Imelda Marcos, now an Ilocos Norte congresswoman and identified for her lavish life-style as First Lady, faces 10 felony charges of graft earlier than the anti-graft courtroom Fifth Division for allegedly having pecuniary pursuits in varied foundations arrange by her and her husband the dictator Marcos to build up ill-gotten wealth.
Rep. Marcos was charged with graft as early as 1991 for the alleged offenses when she was a member of the Interim Batasan Pambansa and Minister for Human Settlements. She is on trial.
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