Ombudsman asks Sandiganbayan to cite in contempt Marcelo, Villa-Ignacio

February 10, 2011 11:52 am 

MANILA, Feb. 9 — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) on Wednesday filed a petition before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan seeking to cite for indirect contempt of court former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo and erstwhile Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio for allegedly giving misleading and erroneous information to the public and even President Benigno S. Aquino III.

In their 22-page petition, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and Special Prosecutor Wendell Sulit, said that both Marcelo and Villa-Ignacio directly fed wrong information to the public and to the President by making it appear that a demurrer to evidence or motion to dismiss was filed by the Ombudsman in connection with the plunder charges against former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptroller retired Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia.

They also noted that the former Ombudsman and erstwhile Special Prosecutor claimed that such pleadings were already dismissed by the Sandiganbayan.

The Ombudsman pointed out that they have not filed such pleadings before the Sandiganbayan in so far as the plunder charges against Gen. Garcia is concerned.

Both Gutierrez and Sulit also argued that the information disseminated by Marcelo and Villa-Ignacio were all lies and only tend to besmirch the reputation of the Office of the Ombudsman.

Earlier, Marcelo and Villa-Ignacio announced to the public that the Ombudsman had filed the pleadings that is demurrer to evidence on the plunder charges against Garcia, which they claimed was denied by the Sandiganbayan. (PNA)

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