MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has junked former Iloilo Rep. Augusto Syjuco's plea to reconsider his motion to dismiss his case in connection with the alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Ma. Theresa Mendoza-Arcega, the anti-graft court's 5th division said Syjuco, also a former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General, failed to present new grounds that may warrant a reversal of the decision.
"It must be stressed that it took the Ombudsman more than 10 years to investigate these cases... the delay cannot be characterized as vexatious, capricious, and oppressive," the decision read.
Syjuco earlier moved to dismiss the cases against him because of "inordinate delay." He noted that it took the Ombudsman 11 years to complete its investigation.
The court, however, junked the dismissal plea for lack of merit, adding that the probe of his cases requires "diligence and thoroughness."
Syjuco is facing two counts of graft and one count of malversation after entering into a P4.3-million contract with a non-government organization Tagipusuon Foundation Inc.
The NGO then entered into a memorandum of agreement with "Ilonggo Chickboy" in 2000. Based on the investigation of the the Ombudsman, Syjuco either owns or controls both organizations.
Syjuco recently made headlines after filing mass murder and plunder complaints against former President Benigno Aquino III and former Health Secretary Janet Garin on the Dengvaxia controversy.