DOJ to file plunder, other raps vs Genuino et al

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2012 04:04 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2012 02:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Department of Justice has found probable cause to file plunder, malversation of funds and other anti-graft raps against former officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor)., including ex-chairman Efraim Genuino.

The findings were detailed in three consolidated complaints filed by the current PAGCOR leadership.

In three separate Indorsements to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the DOJ formally forwarded its Resolutions and the records of the case involving:

1) 1 count Plunder vs. Genuino, and 17 others; 173 counts of violations of the Anti-graft Law vs. Genuino and 24 others (counts vary for other respondents; and 173 counts of malversation vs. Genuino and 24 others (counts vary for other respondents) in connection with the alleged misappropriation of some P186 million of PAGCOR funds from 2003-2010 due to the siphoning off of PAGCOR funds into the coffers of BIDA Production and BIDA Foundation. Genuino's children, Erwin and Sheryl Genuino-Sy, and 14 others, were absolved;

2) malversation and graft against Genuino and 5 others in connection with the P26.7 million in public funds purportedly used by respondents in the production of the move, "Baler," in 2008 in partnership with VIVA Films. The charges against Erwin Genuino and 20 others were dismissed for lack of evidence: and

3) malversation against Genuino and 2 others for the alleged misappropriation of 64,858.5 kilos or 1,297 cavans, and 8.5 kilos, of Angelica rice, which is PAGCOR's property, amounting to P1.4 million. A separate charge of violation of Art. 217 of the Revised Penal Code against respondent John Joseph S. Javier for the alleged misappropriation of 80 cavans of the same rice amounting to P116,000. The charges against Genuino's sons, Erwin and Anthony, were dismissed for lack of evidence.

The Ombudsman, the office with primary jurisdiction over plunder and graft cases, will now review the findings of probable cause by the DOJ. If it affirms the findings of the DOJ, the Ombudsman will file the charges against respondents before the Sandiganbayan.

Another case for plunder and graft against Genuino and company is still pending with the DOJ; the case involves the controversial P258 million coffee deal in several Casino Filipino branches.