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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA1865 2006-04-28 09:29 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
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UNCLAS MANILA 001865

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EB

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV ECON KCOR SOCI RP
SUBJECT: COURT MARTIAL AFFIRMED IN MAJOR ANTI-CORRUPTION CASE

REF: A. MANILA 1726
¶B. MANILA 1342
¶C. MANILA 141

¶1. (U) On April 26, 2006, Armed Forces Chief of Staff
Generoso Senga affirmed the guilty verdict in the court
martial of former Major General Carlos Garcia on corruption
charges. The court martial sentenced Garcia on December 2,
2005 to two years’ confinement at hard labor, and the verdict
had been awaiting the approval of Senga since that time.
Senga’s approval will eventually be transmitted to the Board
of Review (composed of three senior officers of the Judge
Advocate General’s Office, or, “JAGO”) for evaluation, but no
timeframe has been set. Afterwards, the case will be
forwarded to the President for approval or pardon. The
President’s decision will be final.

¶2. (U) Garcia has been detained at the PNP Custodial Center
since October 18, 2004, serving a two-year military sentence
(which includes time served while awaiting trial). A source
at the Sandiganbayan (the Philippine anti-graft court) has
stated, however, that Garcia will remain in custody even
after his two-year sentence is finished this October because
of pending cases of plunder and perjury before the court.
The arraignment for the plunder case of Garcia proceeded on
April 25, 2006 at the Second Division of the Sandiganbayan.
Garcia entered a plea of not guilty and a pre-trial hearing
was scheduled for May 25.

Kenney

   

 

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