Criminal Law

SC clears Ex-Cavite Governor Maliksi in LRT Relocation Mess

Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) cleared former Cavite Governor Erineo S. Maliksi from corruption charges arising from alleged anomalies in a P125-million relocation contract for informal settlers affected by the planned extension of the southern leg of the Light Rail Transit (LRT).

In a 16-page resolution dated Sept. 26 and released to media Tuesday, the SC granted the petition filed by Maliksi and private individual Cynthia S. Montesclaros and reversed the Ombudsman's ruling against the two.

"The Ombudsman committed grave abuse of discretion in finding the existence of evident bad faith, gross inexcusable negligence and manifest partiality," the SC said in its resolution.

The case arose as an offshoot of the deal in February 2008 when the Light Rail Transit Authority and the Cavite provincial government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the identification, acquisition and development of a relocation site for the informal settlers affected by the LRT-1 South Extension Project.

LRT obligated and released the initial amount of PHP500,000 to fast-track the implementation of the project.

In January 2009, Cavite entered into a deed of absolute sale with Montesclaros over 14 parcels of land in Barangay Santiago, General Trias, Cavite measuring 209,147 square meters for a total of PHP125.48 million.

The province, however, ended paying up additional PHP16 million for additional expenses.

On March 31, 2011, the Commission on Audit (COA) issued a notice of disallowance for the payments for lack of basis as the deed of absolute sale provided that the purchase price was already net of taxes, fees, expenses, brokers' commission, tenants' disturbance compensation and damages.

The controversy eventually prompted the corruption complaint against Maliksi.

Notice: The Publishers of Asean LIP acknowledge the permission granted by the relevant official/ original source for the reproduction of the above/ attached materials. You shall not reproduce the above/ attached materials in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the Publishers and/or the original/ official source. Neither the Publishers nor the official/ original source will be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage caused directly, indirectly or incidentally to errors in or omissions from the above/ attached materials. The Publishers and the official/ original source also disclaim and exclude all liabilities in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance upon the whole or any part of the above/attached materials. The access to, and the use of, Asean LIP and contents herein are subject to the Terms of Use.

Get ASEAN LAW ALERT

Legal updates by e-mail. It's Free.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (NNT) - The Government has affirmed that the circulating NCPO Order 2/2019 is fake.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Starting March 1 next year, automotive companies selling motor vehicles in Malaysia will be compelled to comply with the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) Labelling Guideline.

Read More