VACC founding chairman may be detained and fined — SC

January 20, 2011 11:51 am 

MANILA, Jan. 20 — The Supreme Court (SC) may order the detention and impose a fine against the founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), Dante Jimenez for the "unprintable words" he uttered hours after the SC issued a ruling on Dec. 14, 2010 acquitting Hubert Jeffrey Webb and six other accused in the Vizconde massacre case.

SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez on Thursday said that even though there were instances that Jimenez asked for an apology through the media, however, his offense cannot be resolved by saying "sorry" now.

Earlier, the highest court of the land ordered the VACC founding chairman to file his comment on whether or not he should be cited in contempt of Court for uttering "unprintable words" against the SC justices.

If Jimenez fails to properly explain his side on the matter, he can be detained and fined as ordered by the Court based on the gravity of his offense.

Aside from Jimenez, the SC also ordered Atty. Ferdinand Topacio to comment on whether or not he should also be cited in contempt of Court for putting in bad light the Dec. 14, 2010 ruling of the SC. (PNA)



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