Sandigan junks Paulate’s motion for reconsideration

Roderick Paulate
Roderick Paulate

THE Sandiganbayan Seventh Division has junked the request of actor-comedian and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate to recall its order suspending him for 90 days in connection with his pending graft case that stemmed from his alleged hiring of 30 ghost employees in 2010.

In an eight-page decision, the anti-graft division said there was no merit on the motion for reconsideration filed by Paulate, a vice-mayoralty candidate in Quezon City.

“The Court has no other option except to immediately impose it. There is no reason to delay its imposition or to defer it. Otherwise, it would give undue preference to accused Paulate to the prejudice of other public officials who were meted the same,” said the ruling.

“Nevertheless, the Court steadfastly assured accused that it is apolitical and will not in anyway, engage in partisan politics that would erode the public’s trust to it as an institution,” it added.

In his motion, Paulate said the Quezon City Council has adjourned already for the midterm poll and it would be impossible for him to influence any witness and evidence in connection with the case.

His camp believed that the ruling could be used against him by his political opponents.

Earlier, Paulate posted P246,000 bail for his temporary liberty while his liaison officer Vicente Esquilon Bajamunde, his co-accused in a graft and multiple counts of falsification of public documents cases, posted P220,000 bail.

They were charged for alleged ghost transaction that purportedly caused more than P1.1 million in the payroll of the city council