Rabusa's plunder complaint set for resolution

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2011 03:33 AM | Updated as of Jul 29 2011 07:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The preliminary investigation hearings on the plunder complaint filed by former Armed Forces budget officer George Rabusa against 22 military officers, including 3 chiefs of staff, and Commission on Audit officers wrapped up Thursday.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) panel handling the case said the case is already deemed submitted for resolution.

On Thursday, the respondents filed their counteraffidavits except for some, such as former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot.

Ligot's lawyer, Benjamin Santos who is also the lawyer of Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a separate plunder complaint, questioned the jurisdiction of the DOJ on the case.

Santos insisted that the preliminary investigation should be handled by the Ombudsman.

The panel, however, ruled that the DOJ has concurrent jurisdiction.

The panel directed the parties to file any pleading related to its ruling that the case is already deemed submitted for resolution, minus the defense of Ligot and others who failed to file their counter-affidavits.