Padaca to file motion for reconsideration before Sandiganbayan-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Grace Padaca said Tuesday that she will ask the Sandiganbayan to reconsider its order issuing a warrant of arrest against her and forfeiting her bail bond after she failed to attend the arraignment of her graft and malversation case last Thursday.
In a statement read by Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, Padaca said that she did not mean to disrespect the court.
Padaca said through the statement that she did not appear at the court last Thursday upon the advice of her legal counsel because they believed that the former Isabela governor has already been arraigned for the cases filed against her.
"My lawyers did not ask me to attend the hearing last Thursday set for my arraignment because have already been arraigned last year. My lawyers just received a copy of the Sandiganbayan resolution denying my motion to dismiss the case and we intend to file a motion for reconsideration within the period prescribed by law. We have until October 24 within which we can file our motion for reconsideration," Padaca said in the statement.
The former governor added that her lawyers have already filed necessary motions last Friday to have her arrest warrant and bail bond forfeiture lifted. Her non-appearance last week prompted the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her and forfeit the P70,000 bail bond she earlier posted.
Last May 2012, the Sandiganbayan issued its first warrant of arrest after finding probable cause against Padaca.
Padaca posted a P40,000 bail for the malversation charge and P30,000 bail for the graft case in which President Benigno Aquino III paid for the expenses.
Meanwhile, Sandiganbayan said that Padaca was only "conditionally" arraigned last year since she is set that time to travel in the United States to inspect the overseas absentee voting registration. The court explained that she failed to attend her regular arraignment scheduled by the Third Division last Thursday.
Padaca was accused of irregularity of disbursing a P25-million grant to the Economic Development for Western Isabela and Northern Luzon Foundation Inc. (EDWINLFI) during her term as Isabela governor.
The Office of the Ombudsman said that Padaca allowed EDWINLFI to act as middleman in disbursing the loan to farmers, but it failed to liquidate P3.6 million and that P18 million of the loans were placed under "loan receivables." (Sunnex)