Ex-solon , 2 others file petition vs accuser

A FORMER congressman and two others have asked the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division to cite in contempt their accuser over its Facebook post that discussed the nature of the pending case against them.

Former Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona, Geishler Fadri and Oscar Galos filed a petition for indirect contempt against Lyndon Molino.
Last February 20, Molino allegedly posted on the Facebook page Romblon Community and compared the case of Madrona, a former governor, to former Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee who was found guilty of graft in connection with the Fertilizer Fund scam.

“….where respondent Lyndon Molino publicly commented that the case of petitioner Gov. Eleandro Madrona and the case of Gov. Raul Lee of Sorsogon are the same and creating the public impression that since Gov. Raul Lee was convicted by the Sandiganbayan, petitioner Gov. Eleandro Madrona will also be convicted by the Sandiganbayan,” the petition said.

“Parehong supplier (Feshans Phils), parehong brand (Bio-Nature), parehong presyo (P1,500 per bottle), at pareho ding diskarte (walang competitive bidding) ang nangyari sa Romblon na nauwi sa kasong People of the Philippines vs. Eleandro Madrona et.al. (SB-17-CRM-1490) na dinidinig ngayon sa Sandiganbayan 6th Division. Looking forward to take the witness stand on February 28,” said the alleged post of Lyndon.

The defense said Molino failed to say in his post that Lee was sentenced after it failed to present evidence and the ruling was not yet final and can still be elevated before the Supreme Court (SC).

“As a private complainant in this criminal complaint, respondent Lyndon Molino should be reminded that he should not discuss this case in public in violation of the sub judice rule or influence the determination of the result of a criminal trial will erode the faith of the people as to its impartiality and any future decision made by this Court, whether of conviction or acquittal, will no longer be pronouncements of respondents,” the petition said.

Last April 2, Madrona called the attention of the anti-court about Molino post, where he was asked to file a separate complaint for Indirect Contempt against Molino.