MANILA- The Sandiganbayan refused to dismiss the graft case of former Capiz Governor Vicente Bermejo in connection with his supposed purchase of four vehicles without public bidding in 2007.
In a resolution promulgated on Oct. 1, the anti-graft court's 6th division did not agree with Bermerjo's argument that there was inordinate delay on the part of the Office of the Ombudsman in the investigation and consequent filing of charges against him.
"The court does not find any vexatious, capricious, and oppressive delay in the present case,” it said.
According to the Ombudsman, Bermejo supposedly allowed the purchase of three Mitsubishi Pajeros and one Isuzu Manlift truck through public auction worth P1.95 million which is in violation of the Government Procurement Act.
In his motion to dismiss, Bermejo said his right to speedy disposition of cases was violated after the “Ombudsman allowed a total of approximately 8 years from the initiatory Letter-Complaint in September 2010 until the filing of the Information on April 6, 2018.”
The prosecution however counter-argued that the prosecutorial process against Bermejo only started on October 22, 2015 when the complaint of the Field Investigation Office of the Ombudsman was filed.
“Quite clearly, the delay can hardly be considered as excessive, unwarranted and oppressive,” the court said.