ANOTHER bribery issue in the Court of Appeals (CA) was floated by an anti-corruption group on Sunday as they called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to order an investigation against a judge whom they are accusing of pocketing millions in exchange for a favorable decision for a businessman involved in housing and port operations.
The Alliance for Walang Corrupt or AliWaCo said it received reports that a CA justice got P20 million in bribe money from the controversial businessman.
“We are very concerned about the justice system in the country now that the Court of Appeals has once again[linked to]the ‘justice for sale’ issue. It is high time for the Aquino government and the Supreme Court to intervene and expose these corrupt justices,” said Dennis Mogare, spokesman for AliWaCo.
The judge being questioned became an associate justice of the CA in 2008.
Mogare promised to name the CA justice and the businessman and present the documents they had gathered during a hearing that may be conducted by the Supreme Court, or even the Senate or House of Representatives.
The group said the CA justice is currently part of the panel hearing a case involving the suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay.
“We are all against corruption in all its forms. We have the advocacy of fighting corruption especially in our justice system,” Mogare said.
FRANCIS EARL CUETO