January 5, 2011
MANILA, Philippines – A mockery of the county’s justice system was how an administration senator described on Wednesday the government’s failure to put back former military comptroller Carlos Garcia in jail.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said letting Garcia escape with the plunder charge filed against him was a “real mockery of our system and our laws with the robber literally laughing his way to the bank.”
“This is a mockery of the very ideals we fought for in Edsa,” Pangilinan said in a statement, “Garcia should not be allowed to go away scot-free and enjoy the rest of his loot. He should not be allowed to take home even a cent of what he stole.”
“He [Garcia] should rot in jail and serve as an example to all would-be plunderers. That would be a good example of a bad deed getting punished instead of setting a bad example of a court not doing its mandate,” the senator added.
Garcia was allowed to post bail after he pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of bribery and money laundering and agreed to return to the government more than P100 million in assets.
The Department of Justice recommended the filing of a tax evasion case against Garcia and his wife Clarita for undeclared income of close to P28 million in 2002 and 2003.
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