MALACAÑANG on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong.
“Sometimes there is justice in this world. Gregory Ong has been dismissed by the SC,” a ranking Palace official, who asked not to be identified, said.
Malacañang is convinced that Ong is closely linked with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, who was charged with plunder in connection with the P10-billion racket.
The Palace official confided to The Manila Times that Ong had wanted to jump the gun on the SC by insisting that he be allowed to retire early and avoid the backlash of an adverse decision against him.
“What I heard is that he found out about the decision first-hand so he pleaded that he be allowed to [o on]early retirement. The appeal fell on deaf ears,” the official said.
In seeking a “graceful exit,” Ong asked the SC justices to allow him to hang his robes and just give him the chance to wind up his affairs in the anti-graft court.
Malacanang deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace welcomes the decision of the High Court, confirming that the decision to dismiss Ong was made on the basis of allegations aired during a Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the pork scam.
“We welcome the decision of the court. We share the advocacy of the Chief Justice, as well as the other justices, who would like to further advance judicial reform by improving the current system and investigating allegations of judicial misconduct,” she added.