Sandiganbayan to proceed with graft trial vs ex-DOST chief over P15.78M car loans

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2019 03:40 PM

MANILA - Former Science Secretary William Padolina has failed to convince the Sandiganbayan 6th Division to suspend proceedings in his graft cases involving allegedly anomalous P15.78 million in car loans in 2008. 

In a resolution promulgated March 28, the anti-graft court junked Padolina's motion to suspend proceedings for lack of merit.

The court said only a temporary restraining order (TRO) can halt the proceedings, which is currently on the pre-trial stage.

“Clearly, without any TRO or writ of preliminary injunction ordering this court to suspend from proceeding, the mere filing or pendency of the special civil actions for certiorari, mandamus and prohibition cannot interrupt the proceedings in this case,” the court said. 

The resolution was penned by Division Chairperson Sarah Jane Fernandez, with the concurrence of Associate Justices Karl Miranda and Kevin Narce Vivero.

Padolina is among co-accused of former Agriculture secretary and incumbent Bohol 3rd District Rep. Arthur Yap in cases involving P15.78-million in car loans for employees of the Philippine Rice Research Institute in 2008.

Padolina was one of the members of the Board of Trustees of the agency when the supposed disadvantageous contracts were entered into by the government.

The court noted that the present circumstances do not require extending judicial courtesy to the Supreme Court where his petition for certiorari is pending.

“Further, it would be contrary to the spirit of expedited trial to delay the proceedings as to him simply for the reason that his co-accused have pending motions yet to be resolved,” the court said.