SC reinstates Lito Lapid’s graft case involving P728M fertilizer scam
The Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft charges lodged against action-star-turned-politician Sen. Lito Lapid.
Records showed that the Sandiganbayan dismissed the graft case against Lapid and three others linking them to the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.
This as the Sandiganbayan granted his motion to dismiss the charges due to the Office of the Ombudsman’s alleged delays in handling the cases’ preliminary investigation.
According to the anti-graft-court, the Ombudsman wasted more than three years during the preliminary investigation.
But the SC noted that Lapid’s right to speedy disposition of cases was not violated, ruling that Lapid, Malayan Pacific Trading Corp. incorporators Ma. Victoria Aquino-Abubakar, Leolita Aquino and DA Vasquez Macro-Licro Fertilizer Resources proprietor Dexter Alexander Vasquez were given considerable time before invoking the right to speedy disposition.
With the ruling, the SC directed the Sandiganbayan to resolve with dispatch Lapid’s graft case.