MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman lost nearly 9 out of every 10 cases it filed before the Sandiganbayan for the first four months of 2010, according to statistics released by the anti-graft court.
The Sandiganbayan said the Ombudsman scored 8 convictions in 62 cases disposed by the Sandiganbayan from January to April 2010, for a conviction rate of 12.9%.
Fifty-six people of the 98 accused in the disposed cases were acquitted after trial while 22 had charges against them dismissed either for lack of basis, insufficient evidence or defects in the case information.
Six cases were also withdrawn by Ombudsman prosecutors after review of the indictments, one case was archived for lack of progress and one was ordered transferred to a lower court for lack of jurisdiction.
A study of the Sandiganbayan records in the last 30 years showed the present conviction rate of government prosecutors has steadily declined.
From 1979 to 2008, the government scored 8,477 convictions in 29,531 cases decided by the graft court for a batting average of 28.71%, which is more than double the present conviction rate of the Office of the Ombudsman.
The number of cases resolved does not include civil lawsuits, appealed cases from lower courts and special civil actions.