Court orders pardoned life-termer to pay civil liability
MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan has ordered a former National Power Corp. (Napocor) trading analyst to pay the government P183.8 million amid being pardoned by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
In a resolution, the anti-graft court agreed with the prosecution that the pardon given to Jaime Ochoa did not wipe out his civil liability.
Ochoa was convicted on February 23, 2006 after being found guilty of fraud for causing Napocor to lose the amount on a bogus application for a cashier’s check. He was released on a conditional pardon dated November 20 that same year.
The Sandiganbayan already decided on the matter on October 12, 2012, but Ochoa appealed.
This was affirmed last January 18 in a ruling penned by Associate Justice Roland Jurado: “The arguments raised by Ochoa are a mere rehash…which arguments have already been dealt with and discussed in the assailed Resolution. There is nothing in the instant Motion which raises substantial new matters which would warrant the reversal or modification of the assailed Resolution.”