Graft case vs ex-Pasay mayor suspended


Posted at Aug 29 2011 03:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2011 04:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan First Division has suspended graft proceedings against former Pasay City mayor Wenceslao Trinidad and several co-accused, saying the Ombudsman should first resolve Trinidad's appeal to the indictment before the case can go on trial.
“It appearing that the said Urgent Motion to Suspend Proceedings was filed before this Court on June 24, 2011 or two days from his receipt of the July 13, 2009 Ombudsman resolution, in the broader interest of justice and to afford accused Trinidad his right to a full preliminary investigation, the Court will… allow said accused to file the said motion before the Office of the Ombudsman,” the court said.
The Ombudsman earlier found probable cause to charge Trinidad, former City Councilor Jose Antonio Roxas, and Non-Government Organization – Bids and Awards Committee (NGO-BAC) representatives Joselito Manabat and Alexander Ramos for graft in connection with the alleged anomalous bidding for the construction of the Pasay City Mall and Market in 2003.