Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito posted P6,000 bail for the technical malversation complaint filed against him and several others in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms in 2008 when he was San Juan City mayor.
“I’m very optimistic, I’m very confident [that I will win this case]because I know that I did not make any mistake,” Ejercito said after posting bail.
“I submitted myself to the legal process and I’m positive that we’ll have a fair trial and if you’ll base it on the evidences and the documents…optimistic naman ako dito sa kaso [I’m optimistic on this case],” he told reporters.
The senator expressed hopes that the resolution of the case will not be delayed so that his name will be cleared.
The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division found sufficient grounds to try the case and ordered the arrest of the Ejercito and the other respondents.
In its resolution, the court found that the arguments raised by the respondents in support of their assertion that there was no probable cause to file the case against them “are but matters of defense that are best addressed during the trial of this case and/or considered in the determination of the guilt or innocence of the accused.”
The Office of the Ombudsman filed the case in March this year, alleging that the respondents authorized and caused the use of the city’s calamity fund to buy the firearms in the amount of P2.1 million, “thereby applying said public fund for a purpose different from which such fund was intended and appropriated by law or ordinance.”
Also charged were former San Juan Vice Mayor Leonardo Celles, former members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) Francisco Zamora (now San Juan City Vice Mayor), Andoni Carballo, Vincent Pacheco, Angelino Mendoza, Dante Santiago, Rolando Bernardo, Grace Pardines, Domingo Sese, Francis Peralta, Edgardo Soriano, Jannah Ejercito-Surla, Ramon Nakpil, and Joseph Torralba.
All of the respondents posted bail for their provisional liberty except for Sese.
The court set the arraignment on July 7.
With Jeff Antiporda