Court approved Garcia plea bargain in May: documents

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 05 2011 05:54 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2011 01:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan promulgated its resolution accepting the plea bargaining agreement with General Carlos Garcia as early as May 4, 2010, court documents provided to ABS-CBN by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) show.

This paved the way for the eventual approval of his petition for bail after pleading guilty to lesser charges of indirect bribery and facilitating money laundering.

The plea bargaining agreement filed by the Ombudsman outlines the specific properties of the Garcia's to be turned over to the government.

These include several real estate properties both in the Philippines and in the US, bank accounts, vehicles and shares of stock. The total estimated account of the properties is approximately P135.5 million.

General Garcia also manifested that his wife and sons had nothing to do the charges leveled against him, which may eventually lead to their acquittal in the respective cases they face.

Garcia is out on bail. The court is set to promulgate its decision on Major General Garcia's case on January 17, 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Solicitor General filed an Urgent Motion for Leave to Intervene and an Omnibus Motion-In-Intervention before the Sandiganbayan 2nd division today.

The SolGen is seeking the nullification of the Plea Bargain Agreement between Garcia and the Office of the Special Prosecutor of the Ombudsman, saying that the deal is not in accordance with law and disadvantageous to the government.

A hearing on the motions of the SolGen is set on January 10 at 9 a.m.