• Judge who OK’d ‘hot’ rice is Ombudsman’s brod


    The judge in Davao who is now in hot water in the Supreme Court (SC) for allegedly allowing the release of tons of rice shipments that lacked import permits is the brother of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

    The Manila Times also learned that Judge Emmanuel Carpio was once involved in a sexual harassment case but it was dismissed while Morales was still a sitting member of the high court.

    Then Court of Appeals Justice Teresita Flores recommended the suspension of Carpio for allegedly molesting her employee.

    However, then SC Justice Cancio Garcia exonerated Carpio while Morales was still in the high court.

    In an administrative complaint, agriculture alliance Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) claimed that Carpio, who presides over the Davao City Regional Trial Court (RTC)-Branch 16, had prevented the Bureau of Customs (BOC) from seizing 167 containers containing 3.3 tons of rice.
    Because of this, complainant and Sinag chairman Rosendo So, a former Abono party-list representative, said Carpio should be held liable for gross misconduct and rendering an unjust judgment for the same.

    “We are filing this case so that smugglers will not be further emboldened by favorable trial court rulings. The smugglers are emboldened because they think that they could get around our laws and have magistrates as their backers,” So added.

    The complaint pointed out that Capio issued an order for the release of 3.3 tons of rice that were being claimed by a certain Joseph Mangupag Ngo, an importer not registered with the BOC.

    Judge Maria Paz Reyes-Yson of the Manila RTC Branch 54 issued an order preventing the customs from seizing the rice shipments of Starcraft International Trading Corporation.

    Batangas Executive Judge Eutiquio Quitain also prevented the BOC from implementing any alerts, seizures, or hold orders in the future against rice shipments of Bold Bidder Marketing and General Merchandise.


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    1. Darewin Ocampo on

      Looks like most Pnoy appointees either have current or past charges against them, or they have relatives connected to graft issues.

      • right, i also noticed that. it’s either he is blind to his appointees’ anomalies and crimes, or he does not check into their backgrounds so long as they suck up o him, or both. haaay, we know where his matuwid na daan … in reality … leads to: the exact contradition or cover-up of his “kung walang korap, walang mahirap.'”

    2. Ernesto E. Santiago on

      Read my mind and You be the judge. Pera or Sako ? Sabi nga nila, basta may corruption isali mo na ang judiciary at baka naman magselos. Tatlo dapat-executive,legislative,judiciary. Hay, saan tatakbo ang kawawang Juan? Pinagtutulungan na nila tayo.

    3. If judge E. Carpio feels that he erred in his judgement for the release of the potential smuggled rice, he should take a leave of absence, until the investigation is finished. Being a judge people expect that he should be a model for goodness and honesty like his sister the Ombudsman, he is innocent however, until proven guilty, just like everybody.

    4. Judges and and high government officials who have been exposed with their compromising deeds should resign for reasons of DELICADEZA. .