Certiorari eyed vs. Ombudsman order

TAGBILARAN CITY. – The legal panel of the respondents in the Salcon deal is pushing for the fling of a certiorari with the appropriate curt against the Ombudman order denying the motion for reconsideration.

This developed after Rep. Rene L. Relampagos of Bohol’s first district met his legal team last Sunday night in order to map out plans in order to abort the issuance of a warrant of arrests by the Sandiganbayan against him and the other respondents in the graft case filed by the Association of Concerned Tagbilaranons (ACT).

Atty. Lord Marapao IV, one of the members of the legal team of Relampagos, told a radio interview that part of the plan was to immediately file a Petition for Certiorari under Rule 65 of the Rules of Court with prayer for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Ombudsman from filing the Information with the Sandiganbayan.

The petition will raise various legal questions pertaining to the orders of the Ombudsman especially on its denial of the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Relampagos and Dennis Villareal, president of Salcon, a Malaysian based company which entered into a joint venture with the provincial government in the year 2000 when Relampagos was still the governor.

According to Marapao, the move will eventually be a battle of pleadings in order to delay the issuance of a warrant of arrest.

Relampagos had to take the baton of the legal maneuvers against the Ombudsman order considering that Gov. Edgar M. Chatto is still in the United States attending the convention of the Confederation of Boholanos in the United States and Canada (CONBUSAC).

Marapao also supported the claim of Relampagos that he has not yet received a copy of the Ombudsman order. Although the legal counsel of Relampagos being acknowledged by the Ombudsman is one Atty. Jessica Gambol Schuck of Quezon City.

On the other hand, the legal counsel of Villareal is the country’s number law firm Angara Arbello Concepcion Regala and Cruz (ACCRA) Law Firm.

Under the rules of procedure, the Ombudsman has ten days in order to file the Information with the Sandigayan after it denied the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Relampagos and Villareal.

In turn, the Sandiganbayan will also issue the warrants of arrests against the respondents if there is no court order stopping the Ombudsman from filing the Information with the Supreme Court. (dab)

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