Sandiganbayan acquits 3 Marines in 2000 allowance mess charges

Sandiganbayan acquits 3 Marines in 2000 allowance mess charges

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has acquitted three officers of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) from charges arising from supposed irregularities in the use of PHP36.76 million intended for the payment of Combat Clothing Allowance and Individual Equipment Allowance (CCIE) for enlisted personnel in 2000.

Associate Justice Bernelito Fernandez of the court’s Third Division, in a 38-page decision dated October 9, acquitted Col. Renato P. Miranda, Maj. Adelo B. Jandayan, and Capt. Felicisimo C. Millado from charges of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and malversation through falsification.

The court, in its ruling, said it “find(s) no evidence to show that the accused misappropriated or converted the CCIE fund for their own benefit”.

“There was no direct evidence preferred by the prosecution that the accused committed any of the acts of falsification. The prosecution merely inferred that conspiracy existed because somebody may have committed falsification of documents along the way,” the court added.

The anti-graft court, meanwhile, issued alias warrants of arrest against Lt. Col. Jeson P.Cabatbat and Capt. Edmund D. Yurong, who remain at large.

Associate Justices Amparo M. Cabotaje-Tang and Ronald B. Moreno concurred. (PNA)

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