• SC affirms ouster of Justice Ong

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    The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday stuck to its previous ruling in sacking Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong in view of his links to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged architect of the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

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    During their deliberations, majority of the justices junked a motion for reconsideration filed by Ong for lack of merit.

    Ong filed his appeal last week, seeking to reverse findings of the High Court, which adjudged him guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety.

    The SC also junked a plea of Ong to allow him to retire instead.

    It reiterated that the magistrate violated the New Code of Judicial Conduct in acquitting Napoles in a malversation case stemming from falsification of public documents and sale in 1998 of 500 Kevlar helmets to the Philippine Marines.

    The SC’s dismissal of the appeal makes final the SC order, which was already enforced last month.

    This was the first time in the history of the Sandiganbayan that a magistrate was dismissed from the service.

    In an 8-4 vote, the SC en banc on September 22, 2014, ordered that Ong be dismissed from the service with forfeiture of all retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification from public office.

    Associate Justice Martin Villarama Jr.,the ponente of the case, had adopted a recommendation of retired SC Justice Angelina Sandoval-Guterrez for the ouster of Ong.

    Those who voted to sack Ong were Villarama, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Justices Antonio Carpio, Arturo Brion, Mariano del Castillo, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Francis Jardeleza.

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    1. armando flores on

      There are three (3) justices composing a division at the sandiganbayan. Justice Ong was but one of those three justices who decided the malversation case of napoles which acquitted the latter. Assuming that the acquittal is grave misconduct, why only justice Ong was axed by the supreme court? Mere friendship of justice Ong with an accused is not grave misconduct in the absence of proof that such was the only reason for napoles’s acquittal. NAGPAPALAPAD LANG NG PAPEL ANG SUPREME COURT when they ousted justice Ong. Besides, napoles herself has not yet been convicted of any crime. She is presumed innocent until proven guilty.