Judy Syjuco seeks dismissal of cases due to delays

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 31 2017 09:23 PM

Former Iloilo Representative Judy Syjuco sought the dismissal of her cases before the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division on the ground of inordinate delay.

Syjuco said in her urgent motion to dismiss that her supposed ghost project involving Nokia 1100 cellular phones in 2004 to 2005 took place eight to nine years before the Ombudsman ordered her to file a counter-affidavit. 

She also noted that the complaint was filed by Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada back in 2006, and the Field Investigation Office filed its complaint in 2011. 

The cases were filed before the Sandiganbayan in 2016. 

Syjuco is facing one count of graft and one count of malversation through falsification of public documents for the purchase of 1,582 units of Nokia 1100 worth P6.248 million in December 2004. 

Syjuco noted Supreme Court decisions such as People vs Sandiganbayan, and Tatad vs Sandiganbayan where inordinate delays were noted at three to five years.