Thursday, April 17, 2008

Crime and Punishment

The Philippine Star today carries the headline: "$2-M Extortion Raps vs Nani to be pursued." (No link provided as the Philippine Star is notorious for dropping their pages quickly.)

Ho-hum, color me unimpressed. We all know how this will end up: as with Erap and the Magdalo 9, in conviction...and pardon. I'll bet Hernando Perez won't spend more than a week before Arroyo exercises another executive privilege.

Relevant portions of the article:

The case was the first major corruption scandal under the Arroyo administration, and the first involving a Cabinet secretary.

Giving weight to the money trail, the Ombudsman denied for lack of merit attempts by Perez to have the charges dismissed after Jimenez withdrew his complaint.

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez also ordered that Perez be charged with falsification of public documents for his non-disclosure in his 2001 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) of his and his wife’s $1.7-million bank deposits.

Charged with Perez before the Sandiganbayan for extortion and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or Republic Act 3019 are his wife Rosario, brother-in-law Ramon Arceo and business associate Ernest Escaler.

“After a perspicacious review of the records, the undersigned found nothing that would indicate that there is reason to disturb the earlier findings of the special panel,” Gutierrez said.

1 comment:

  1. Where's the punishment? In the novel Raskolnikov confesses to his crime......unlikely to happen here.