The Sandiganbayan’s Seventh Division was asked by government prosecutors to reconsider its ruling that dismissed a usurpation charge filed against former Mayor Pedro Cuerpo of Rodriguez, Rizal in connection with the authority he issued to private vehicles to operate as public utility vehicles (PUVs) in 2006.
In a resolution promulgated on August 15, 2016, the anti-graft court junked the charge after it found that Cuerpo’s right to speedy case disposition was violated because of a nine-year delay before the case was filed.
“In dismissing the case, the Honorable Court gave due regard only to the right of the accused to speedy disposition of case and disregarded the State’s right to prosecute the erring public official. Plaintiff respectfully submits that accused’s individual rights should not work against and preclude the people’s equally important right to public justice,” the prosecution said.
It argued that Cuerpo failed to invoke his right to speedy case during preliminary investigation.
It asked the court to reconsider and set aside the ruling dismissing the case and set Cuerpo’s arraignment.