'Justice for sale' scheme at CA no longer new - VACC

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 11 2015 07:36 PM | Updated as of Apr 12 2015 11:35 AM

MANILA - "Justice for sale" transactions at the Court of Appeals (CA) are no longer new, according to the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez made the statement following the Coalition of Filipino Consumers' call for an investigation into CA justices who allegedly sell their decisions in exchange for millions of money.

Jimenez claimed many of the cases filed by the VACC against drug lords were dismissed because the judges were bribed.

He urged the CA's clerks of court who are privy to the alleged illegal transactions not to be afraid and come out to expose the anomalies.

He said the VACC is willing to give them support.

The "justice for sale" issue was also brought up by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who alleged that several CA judges issued a favorable ruling for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay after being bribed.

Jimenez also pressed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to resume the probe into alleged fixer "Ma'am Arlene," tagged as the "Janet Napoles" in the judiciary.

The name "Ma'am Arlene" first surfaced in 2013.

She allegedly throws parties for members of the CA and trial court judges. She also allegedly gives expensive gifts to members of the court in exchange for favorable rulings in cases.