Colleague ratted on 'corrupt' CA justice: consumer group

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2015 04:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2015 12:29 AM

MANILA – A group on Monday said its source on the alleged corruption in the Court of Appeals (CA) was also a justice of the appellate court.

Coalition of Filipino Consumers secretary-general Perfecto Tagalog said a CA justice was the one who told the group of the alleged corruption in the court.

''Ito ay galing mismo sa aktibong justice na kasama rin nila na nangangamba at nababahala dito sa kalakaran ng ating hudikatura,'' Tagalog told dzMM.

''Bago natin nilabas ito at bago tayo nanawagan, sinigurado muna nating meron tayong karampatang ebidensya na ma-file po before the Supreme Court."

Tagalog said the justice who was allegedly in the practice of receiving bribes in exchange for favorable rulings is actually different from the two justices earlier accused by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of receiving bribe from the camp of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

Trillanes earlier alleged that lawyer Pancho Villaraza facilitated the transaction to pay off Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta in exchange for issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Makati Mayor Binay's suspension.

For the TRO, Trillanes said the judges received P20 million each, citing "reliable sources." He said they then got P5 million each for issuing a writ of permanent injunction.

The CA justices have denied the accusation, calling it harassment.

Trillanes has not yet produced any evidence to back up his claim. He has likewise not yet named his source.

According to Tagalog, the group has already called the attention of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno regarding the alleged corruption in the judiciary.

He said the group is now preparing to file a complaint against the justice, noting that the high court has declared that it has sole jurisdiction over erring judges.