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.