Ex-DBP chief asks for junking of 21-yr-old graft case

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2008 08:04 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2008 06:53 AM

A former chairman of the Development Bank of the Philippines has asked the Fifth Division of the Sandiganbayan to junk the graft case against him, former president Ferdinand Marcos, former first lady Imelda Marcos and her brother, former ambassador Benjamin Romualdez.

The case, docketed as Civil Case No. 0035, was filed in 1987 and stemmed from accusations that Placido Mapa acted as dummy to the Marcoses and Romualdez and helped them amass ill-gotten wealth.

Through his lawyers, Mapa filed an 18-page motion on July 18 asking the anti-graft court to dismiss the case since it has not moved since it was filed.

He also said that charges were maintained despite the immunity from civil and criminal liability granted to him by the Presidential Commission on Good Government for testifying against the Marcos couple while they under trial in New York for racketeering charges in 1989.

The former DBP chief also said that the Philippine Supreme Court upheld the validity of the immunity deal granted by the PCGG.

He added that on Aug. 4, 1992, the Sandiganbayan also issued a ruling requiring the PCGG to submit a bill of particulars to clarify its allegations of Mapa's supposed part in DBP's granting of behest loans to companies owned by Romualdez.