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CA junks GSIS’ bid to reopen Vicente Manansala mural case

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The Court of Appeals has junked the bid of the Government Service Insurance System to reverse its earlier ruling dismissing the estafa complaint GSIS filed against former officers and members of the National Press Club in connection with the 2007 sale of a Vicente Manansala mural.

In a three-page resolution, the CA said the GSIS failed to raise new arguments to warrant the reversal of its October 30. 2017 decision.

In its 2017 ruling, the CA held that the Manila regional trial court was correct in granting the prosecution’s withdrawal of the information for estafa against the former NPC board officers and members.

The CA junked the GSIS’ claim that the order of then justice secretary Alberto Agra was for the withdrawal of the case for qualified theft, and not for estafa.

Also, the CA sustained the RTC that there was no probable cause to proceed with the trial of NPC for estafa.

Furthermore, the CA stressed GSIS failed to prove that the mural was received by the NPC in trust, or for administration, or under the obligation to return it to GSIS.

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