Military Court Receives Documents vs General Garcia

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Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN

Members of the General Court Martial hearing the cases filed against retired Army Major General Carlos Garcia have formally received the 67 documents that were considered as evidence presented by the prosecution panel in connection with the alleged anomalies involving the former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"Exhibits A to NNN and its sub-markings are admitted, subject to the appreciation of this court," Colonel Caridad Aguilar, a member of the General Court Martial, said during the hearing.

However, Garcias defense lawyers led by Constantino de Jesus posted several objections on the submission of the evidence as he questioned their legality and authenticity.

Among the documents that were questioned by De Jesus were 15 pieces of Garcias Statement of Assets and Liabilities that were marked A,B,D, to N, Z and AA, including its sub-markings.

In his argument, De Jesus pointed out that exhibits D to N which included Garcias SALs from 1993 to 2001 should not be accepted as evidence because the charge sheet refers only to Garcias SALs from 2002 to 2003.

"They should not be accepted as evidence because they are irrelevant. …