DOJ obstructing justice? IMPOSSIBLE! Malinis at hindi biased ang justice department natin ano... Where could such an idea come from?
Here's more clarifying details:Osmeña blasted at DoJ undersecretary Mercedes Gutierrez, saying that with the Swiss government already establishing the Perez illegal activities, the DoJ insists on blocking any and all moves of the foreign government to have this investigated.
“When we would have thought that any right-thinking, God-fearing Filipino prosecutor would have jumped for joy at the gratuitous assistance given by the Swiss, I am absolutely flabbergasted. The Swiss authorities must have been floored. Here is our own Justice official obstructing justice in the most arrogant manner.
“Miss Gutierrez is either stupid or shameless or both,” Osmeña said in his privilege speech delivered yesterday morning.
Osmeña wants not only Perez and his alleged cohorts, in what the foreign authorities uncovered as suspected money-laundering activities, to be subjected to intense grilling, but the senator also wants the former Cabinet official's underlings to take the heat for their obstruction of justice.
The legislator hinted broadly that the $2-million payoff was Perez's part of the bribe money offered by Impsa, a power plant producer (IPP), in exchange for the sovereign guarantee.
Earlier, it was disclosed by detained President Joseph Estrada before a Senate hearing that a $14-million Impsa bribe was being obliquely dangled before him in exchange for a sovereign guarantee. Estrada turned down the offer, saying he was not going to have the Filipino people take on the burden of paying more debt obligations incurred by the state due to the grant of sovereign guarantees.
Records show that Estrada never signed an IPP contract or any contract that allowed sovereign guarantees. He said to do so was to engage in corrupt activities.
From Malaya:A clear case of plunder, money laundering and bribery committed by President Arroyo's former Justice Secretary Hernando Perez exists, and is buttressed by the “smoking gun” as recent reports of the Swiss authorities' findings virtually establishing the alleged existence of the $2-million alleged payoff from the Impsa contract by Perez, Sen. Sergio Osmeña III disclosed yesterday in a privilege speech.
He also scored Mrs. Arroyo and her offficials from the Depart-ment of Justice (DoJ) for obstructing justice.
The senator recalled that Mrs. Arroyo, even as she was aware that a paper trail existed after Manila Rep. Mark Jimenez, also in a privilege speech, disclosed the $2 million he claimed Perez had extorted from him, promptly cleared her Justice secretary and insisted that Jimenez apologize to Perez.
Despite Osmeña's damning privilege speech, Malacañang yesterday stood its ground in defending the resigned Justice secretary and hinted broadly at sparing him from any prosecutorial action.
O, bakit tahimik lang ang anti-money laundering council dito?Osmeña III said the details provided by Jimenez jibed with the details provided by the Swiss government.
He said that in its previous inquiries, the Senate government corporations committee found itself at a dead end when the paper trail stopped at the Singapore bank.
"To someone who has been hammering away at this excreta of a contract (referring to the IMPSA deal), the Holtkamp report was like a manna from heaven. Here, finally, was the smoking gun. There it is in all its naked glory," Osmeña III said.
Osmeña III at the same time lambasted officials of the Department of Justice for saying they would not provide any assistance to the Swiss government.
Osmeña III singled out Justice Undersecretary Merceditas Gutierrez for claiming the DOJ could not provide any assistance to the Swiss government.
Plus: Even our Supreme Court is being criticized by a US court for making a decision that "violates any elementary international sense of due of process." LMAO!!!
Highly Politicized na kasi ang Supreme Court natin eh...A US court has stopped the transfer of $658 million (P40 billion) in Marcos funds held in an escrow account which were earlier forfeited by the Supreme Court in favor of the government.
In a two-page order, US District Judge Manuel Real of Hawaii said the July 15, 2003 decision rendered by the SC forfeiting the money on the basis that it was ill-gotten "violates any elementary international sense of due of process."
"A review of the opinion by the Philippine Supreme Court indicates there has been no evidence presented in support of such a determination as required by the lower court judgment the Philippine Supreme Court claims to review," he said.
Real said any attempt to transfer the funds would be considered contempt of his resolution ordering a "permanent injunction" of "worldwide scope" on the transfer of any assets belonging to President Ferdinand Marcos or his estate.
He warned that any persons or banking institutions violating his order would be referred to the "United States Attorney for consideration, since the factual circumstances are remarkably similar to those which led to the indictment and extradition to stand trial in the Southern District of New York in 1990 of Adnan Kashoggi, for obstruction of justice."