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Prosecutor in Garcia plea deal sacked

Barreras-Sulit (philstar photo)

Barreras-Sulit (philstar.com photo)

By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – First was irrigation chief Antonio Nangel. Then came immigration head Ricardo David. This time it’s the country’s top anti-graft prosecutor’s turn to be fired from the government service.

When President Aquino delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) this afternoon, he will not just outline what he intends to do in the second half of his six-year term. He is also expected to announce his decision to dismiss the special prosecutor.

The STAR learned from unimpeachable sources over the weekend that Special Prosecutor Wendell Barreras-Sulit – who heads the prosecution arm of the Office of the Ombudsman – has been dismissed from government service.

Sulit was among the so-called midnight appointees of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010.

Being the government’s top prosecutor, she handled the plea bargain case of former Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, whose plunder case was downgraded to mere direct bribery.

While Sulit has a fixed seven-year term, which Aquino cut short to three, she is still under the jurisdiction of the Office of the President, and could therefore be relieved or dismissed based on an administrative offense.

Sulit is not an impeachable officer, just like former deputy ombudsman for the military and other law enforcement offices Emilio Gonzalez III, who Aquino dismissed in March 2011, but was ordered reinstated by the Supreme Court in 2012.

“He (Aquino) learned that the Garcias and Barreras are family friends in Abra,” one insider related, adding that Aquino himself observed how the government lawyer flip-flopped on the case.

Another source disclosed how Sulit professed how strong the evidence was when the more than P303 million plunder case was filed before the Sandiganbayan during Arroyo’s time.

She, however, took back her statement when Aquino became president, and even forged a plea bargain deal.

“President Aquino is very angry and could not accept why more than half of the amount plundered is suddenly lost because of this plea bargain agreement,” the source said.

Reliable sources also said that Aquino was apparently inspired by the temporary restraining order that the Supreme Court issued to the Sandiganbayan, preventing the justices from approving the plea bargain agreement that is disadvantageous to government.

Aquino had been very vocal on his stand on the Garcia plea bargain deal.

Last week, Aquino assured the nation that his administration’s services would be accelerated in the next half of his term.

“Wait for it. In a sense, the best is yet to come,” he said when he spoke at the 67th anniversary celebration of the University of the Philippines Beta Sigma fraternity at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Quezon City.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/07/22/997021/prosecutor-garcia-plea-deal-sacked

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20 thoughts on “Prosecutor in Garcia plea deal sacked

  1. Awanen aa grud dgjai kabagyan na nga mangipanpannakel kanyanan, su la ti sangkapatang da.hahaha!!

    Posted by Supremo | July 23, 2013, 12:38 am
  2. nagpatingga met laengen tay pagpangpangas dagitay dagitay kunkunada. ti kano sistema na daytoy nga prosecutor ket kasla see-saw. tay nadagdagsen isu mangabak. isu nga no bay-on tay maysa, sako met tay maysa…..hahahahahahahaha….KARMA

    Posted by BARIKIR PRIDE | July 23, 2013, 4:37 am
    • rupa na laengen saan pulos mapagkatiwalaan…mirdungot ken mimi…ala ket nagpatingga tay tangar dan a ngaruden Barikir Pride! ala ket nanamen da a tatakaw ma met!

      Posted by Liza | August 11, 2013, 8:39 am
  3. Daguita koma prosecutor (fixcal) dita RTC Abra ti madismissed wenno maikkat da ti servisio. Puro dismissed amin nga iggaman da a kaso. awan la ti nalaing.

    Posted by Bogart | July 23, 2013, 6:01 am
  4. Anong klase ba naman ang mga itong “eyes and ears” ni Honorable honest President Aquino? Bakit ngayon lang nila nasilip ito? Kaya pala walang nangyayari sa mga promises niyang tutuldokan na ang corruption dahil siguro kasali ang mga ito sa grease money. Sir ang mga trusted “eyes and ears” mo ang gigisahin mo rin. Kasali sila sa mga sumisira sa mga magagandang advocacy mo. Bakit hindi ang mga proven with honesty and got balls to do the right thing ang gawin mong top advisers mo katulad nila Padaca, Sen. Lacson, Gen. Lim, Duterte ng Davao, at marami pa siguro diyan na hindi nabibigyan ng pansin media katulad ni Pedro Abrenio ng Abra.
    Pag sila ang pakinggan mo tiyak na hindi na tayo maghintay pa o makarinig ng maraming excuses at tapos kaagad ang problema mo sa corruption na maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw kung bakit marami pa rin nasasakal sa KAHIRAPAN at karamihan ay NAGPUPUMILIT pa rin na maging OFW para lang makatawid sa gutom. Marami sa kanila ang nasa China na nagnanakaw ng sea/water resources natin at hindi ko na mai-magine kung papaano na ang trato nila sa kanila. Sila na nga itong nang-aalila, nagnanakaw ng kayamanan dagat natin, at sila o kamag-anak pa rin nila ang komokontrol sa economiya natin, bakit parang sila pa rin itong GALIT?
    Sana makarating itong sentiments namin ito sa iyo Presidente para magawan mo na ng paraan na tapusin na ang corruption na dahilan lahat ng pang-aapi sa atin, dito man o sa labas ng bansa. Hindi nararamdaman ng mga bata mo ito Hon. President dahil busog sila sa kasaganaan ng bulsa. File ng file ng lawsuits itong mga human rights or civil liberties diff. organizations, bulsa naman ng bulsa itong mga bata mo o nasa ibaba mo, kaya pala hanggang ngayon wala pa rin nabilanggo kundi si Aling Glo lang para kunwari magaling tayo sa tingin ng ibang bansa, pero hindi nila alam na ang mga equally corrupt or magagaling na mga thieves ay nasa ibaba mo pa rin Mr. President.
    Sorry sa tagalog ko at hindi rin akon marunong mag-english at baka pati meron naman excuse ang mga trusted bata mo na hindi nila maintindihan ang english carabao ko kaya lagi na nilang sinasabi sa iyo na walang corruption sa Abra. Ginagawa tayong lahat na TANGA Mr. President.

    Posted by river cross | July 23, 2013, 12:52 pm
  5. Ito pa apo Presidente, para malinisan ang mga nangongorakut.

    Posted by emple yado | July 24, 2013, 12:54 pm
  6. Issang taga Abra na naman itong nakakahiya! Sigurado, Malaking halaga na naman ang dahilan ang umariglo sa kaso. Talagang sa kintab ng pera nasisira ang tao! Dahil sa pera, mawawala ang sariling hiya at kumakampi ang tao sa demonio! Sa pangyayaring ito at kasama ng mag-amang alagad din ng demonio ay magiging wake up call sa mga abusadong pinuno ng Abra. Malinaw na NASA paligid na ang tuwid na daan ni Pres Ponoy. Tuloytuloy nang maililinis ang daan para sa 2016. Hindi na magtatagal mawawala rin and nakahiyang imahin ng Abra.

    There are rumors going around that provincial political leaders are providing financial assistance to brgy Captain n SK candidates, a clear preparations for 2016. The campaign of PNP leadership to reach the youth About youth leadership n responsibily is timely n commendable. Our salute again to the PNP for such innetiative! These young people are more susceptible for change than these Trapos who are more interested with their pockets n vices which are responsible for our endless miseries. GO PNP GO, GO ABRA YOUTH GO, OUR ONLY HOPE FOR A BETTER ABRA!

    Posted by Tagamasid | July 26, 2013, 2:54 am
    • c justice lucas b4 iappoint ni gma sa sc e marame dn backlog cases nung sya e ca justice pa infact sya pnakarame backlog cases among the ca justices peru inapoint pa dn ng corrupt president sa sc.

      Posted by eric shawn | July 27, 2013, 12:15 am
      • Agpaparis kayo amin nga balingbing, di kay la mabain nga mangbasbastos ti polpolitikos ti Abra ngem dakayo met la amin ti makaado nga pan makikakaan no tiempo pabunar kada pyesta daguiti polpolitiko ken dakayo pay nga kakabagian da ti mismo mang chismiss kanyada patakikod amin, mga TARKOK! Irwar yo ti husto nga katatao yo sakayo agpatang, puro hearsay di dakayo ti tsismoso kada tsismosa kada ulbod, baka dakayo ti makarma. iyurayyo ta natnatay pay dadduma kakadua yon mga dugyot kayo amin dikay la mabain bagbagi yo, sikayo Peter ken Eric Shawn agparis kayo nga balingbing,

        Posted by goyang abogaga | May 29, 2015, 4:34 am
    • Injustice Lucas kunam Eric. Ada met graft and corruption na against the aguinaldo-suntay. Kunada amin nga appointed ni GMA ket corrupt nga padana and that includes Lucas without exception. The bersamin’s are one if the most corrupt political family in Abra. At least ni Vicsyd, he is not denying it. Ngem daguitoy nga familia still in denial. What an effing BSHlT?

      Posted by PoGI ING | August 9, 2013, 5:11 am
  7. Apo presidente, adu pai ti kakadwam nga corrupt. Hahaha,

    Posted by Cardo | July 26, 2013, 3:13 am
  8. Apo Tagamasid.

    I appreciate your acknowledgment of the hope that we have with the youth of today.

    Let us support them because they get tired also.

    When they do get tired, what now?

    Posted by JOMA | July 28, 2013, 11:13 pm
  9. Kung totoo man yan istorya na yan, aba eh nakakahiya ang taga Abra dua dan a nga corrupt, ni Wendell ken
    Gen. Garcia. Nya ngarud kuarta detan, malagip ko tay nakasurat idi idiay istasyon ti Times Transit idiay Manila,
    Kastoy ti kunana “Oppurtunity makes a thief” ay ket agpayson ah, ta ngarud dakkel ti oppurtunity da daguitoy nga dua ta adda da ti poder ti linteg. La ket isarua met laengen a daytan nga milliones sen.

    Posted by Bodong | August 5, 2013, 8:50 am
  10. namaymayat tay kalkalaingan na ti kuarta na nga nagrigatam ken adu a sakripisyo ta nadayaw ka ken karaem daka ti kailliam, annak mo ken karaem mo mismo ta baguim ngem tay nagbaknang ngem tinakawan met, agdadata nga agtatakaw ay ket saanen awan bain mo ta baguim, awan respeto annak mo kanniam ta ammo da agtatakaw ka ngem ina ka latta, ta baguim mabain ka ngem no napuskol ta rupam a ket mayat latta lol..saan ko pakanen pamilyak tinakawak iyadayok annak ko karma. good luck- von voyage sulit!

    Posted by PETER | August 11, 2013, 8:31 am
    • You are absolutely right, PETER. Better a little gained honestly than a hoard that is ill-gotten. The best way to teach our children is by our example. Is it any wonder why we see that generation after generation, entrenched political families continue to loot government coffers of taxpayers’ money? There is a hoary adage in Filipino that says, “Kapag pinakain mo ang iyong mga anak ng galing sa nakaw, magiging magnanakaw din ang mga ito”. Words that ring loud and true to this very day. Well, monkey see, monkey do. The only time members of political families stop plundering is when they are murdered by their opponents or when charges are filed against them and they start to live the lives of fugitives from justice. No one can escape the Karmic Law.

      Posted by pedro abreno | August 12, 2013, 1:18 am
      • PEDRO ABRENIO, It’s nice to know that this time we agreed along on one subject. ” Do what is right and follows all shall be best’. Thank you. This type of people are worse than criminals. They have many already but they want more. And if see them, they got their Prados, Monteros or Silverados and name many more, and with their fancy metals etc and also vacation abroad here and there etc. but shame on you! Do what you preach. I am sick with your type of people. Mabuhay Pilipinas!

        Posted by PETER | August 15, 2013, 10:14 am

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