THE Sandiganbayan yesterday slapped Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito with a 90-day suspension in connection with the graft case filed against him.
In a resolution issued by the Fifth Division, Ejercito was not allowed to fulfill his duties as senator for 90 days or function in any public office.
“Accused Joseph Victor Ejercito is hereby suspended from the position as Senator of the Republic of the Phils and from any other public office which he may now or hereafter be holding, for a period of 90 days from receipt of this resolution, unless a motion of consideration is seasonably filed,” the ruling read.
The senator was accused of graft over the anomalous purchase of firearms using calamity funds during his term as Mayor of San Juan City in 2008.
also said that the suspension will automatically be lifted after 90 days.
Aside from Ejercito, also suspended were City administrator Atty. Ranulfo Barte Dacalos, City Legal Officer Atty Romualdo Corpus de los Santos, and Ms. Lorenza Catalan Ching, special assistant on documentation and compliance of the Office of the Mayor.
A copy of the resolution was sent to Senate President and San Juan City Mayor for implementation.
The value of the high-powered rifles is P2.1 million.
The Office of the Ombudsman had charged Ejercito with conspiring with other city officials to purchase high-powered firearms in February 2008 using the city’s calamity fund as “investment for disaster preparedness.”
The firearms bought using the city’s calamity fund include: three units of model K2 cal. 5.56mm sub-machine guns and 17 units of Daewoo model K1 cal. 5.56 mm sub-machine guns.
In the Sixth Division, Ejercito was also charged with technical malversation with San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora over the anomalous purchase of the firearms.