Ex-general Carlos Garcia arrested, will serve two-year sentence in Bilibid

Interaksyon.com reports that Retired Major General Carlos Garcia was arrested at around 7 a.m. today in his residence in Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 6, Quezon City. He will serve his two -year sentence at the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa. According to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Oban, Garcia, whose family had also been investigated on for their unexplained wealth, had willingly surrendered.

It’s two years in Bilibid for former general.


Interaksyon.com reports that Retired Major General Carlos Garcia was arrested at around 7 a.m. today in his residence in Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 6, Quezon City. He will serve his two -year sentence at the National Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa. According to Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Oban, Garcia, whose family had also been investigated on for their unexplained wealth, had willingly surrendered.

 

Garcia, a former AFP comptroller, had been found guilty in December 2, 2005 for violations of Articles of War 96 (conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman) and 97 (conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline). The military court also found him guilty for failing to disclose all his existing assets on his 2002 and 2003 Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). To top it all off, he had immigrant/permanent resident status in the United States. This, explained Oban,  caused "dishonor and disrespect to the military profession."

 

Despite his conviction six years ago, the sentence was only confirmed this year because, as Oban and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin explained, it was only signed by President Benigno Aquino III and not by his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The president confirmed the following sentence against Garcia: to be dishonorably discharged from the service; to forfeit all pay and allowances due and to become due; and to be confined for a period of two years in a penitentiary.

 

Meanwhile, Major General Gilberto Roa, chief of the Judge Advocate Generals Office (Jago), said this is different from that of the Sandiganbayan.

For more on this story, log on to Interaksyon.com and GMA News Online.

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