Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


SC reverses anti-graft court’s conviction of former PADF exec

THE SUPREME Court has reversed the decision of anti-graft court Sandiganbayan convicting a former vice president of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corp. (PADC).

In the High Court’s decision on May 19, Antonio M. Suba, former acting vice president for the PADC’s maintenance unit, was acquitted for failure of the prosecution to “prove beyond reasonable doubt all the elements of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) under which Petitioner was charged.”

PADC was an attached agency of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC).

On Sept. 22, 2017, the Sandiganbayan found Mr. Suba “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of graft and corruption for attending a conference in Beijing, China on Oct. 10 to 14, 2006 using government funds worth over P241,000 despite the disapproval by then-DoTC Assistant Secretary Emmanuel A. Cruz  of the authority to travel

On Sept. 12, 2014, Mr. Suba paid the Commission on Audit the full cost of their travel upon the agency’s request, but the graft case proceeded.

Mr. Suba was sentenced to six years and one month to 10 years in jail.

He appealed the case before the Supreme Court by claiming that his travel companion and superior, the late Roberto R. Navida, then-PADC president, had said that they already had a travel authority.

The High Court ruled that no conclusive evidence was given that Mr. Suba knew of the lack of travel authority.

It said “there is no such thing as presumption of bad faith in cases involving violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. On the contrary, the law presumes the accused innocent, until proven guilty.” — Bianca Angelica D. Añago

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



It brings you to nature’s embrace. This picturesque 100-hectare Swiss-inspired luxury community in Tagaytay City, after all, does not only regale you with breathtaking...


A rare Mercedes-Benz racing car known as the Mona Lisa of cars has been sold by the company for a record £115 million. The...


New research has revealed that only one in four civil servants believe their department is following the Government’s National Data Strategy, with skills and...


Australian mining and logistics firms are interested in doing business in the Philippines according to Australian ambassador Steven J. Robinson, who cited policy reforms...


As Sunday Times Rich List shows record number of UK billionaires, their gains should be taxed the same as income from work Huge increases...


A battle is shaping up between major retailers over whether the UK should introduce an online sales tax, with Sainsbury’s demanding it to help...

You May Also Like


Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...


Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the global population. Therefore, it is a problem that many people suffer or have suffered throughout...


As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.