Erap verdict unanimous, promulgation on – Sandigan exec

The three judges of the Sandiganbayan special division have reached a unanimous decision on the plunder and perjury case of former President Joseph Estrada and the promulgation of the verdict on Wednesday will definitely push through, a spokesman of the anti-graft court said Tuesday.

“There was no question that the promulgation will push through. Even if there was a dissent, the Sandiganbayan has internal rules that will take care of the problem, there will still be a verdict,” said Renato Bocar, spokesman for the Sandiganbayan special division and executive clerk of court.

Bocar said the special division’s three judges would render a unanimous decision.

The Sandiganbayan special division is comprised of Presiding Justice and chair Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Associate Justices Francisco Villaruz and Diosdado Peralta.

Bocar explained that if one member of the special division disagreed with the majority ruling, the promulgation date would not have been announced unless the impasse was broken. All divisions of the anti-graft court are required to render unanimous resolutions or decisions.

Under the graft court’s internal rules, in case there is no unanimous decision, a special division of five justices would be convened to vote on the issue at bar, with the presiding justice empowered to appoint the two new members. -GMANews.TV


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