Based on the decision of DOJ Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento, the charge of conspiracy and falsification of public documents filed by Panay Electric Company (PECO) was ‘dismissed for utter lack of merit’ – in an article published by Iloilo News Ph. The decision clears the respondents’ Atty. Joshua Alim, Plaridel Nava, along with Dr. Marigold Gonzales and Jane Javellana.
In the same article, the ‘dismissal is contained in a joint resolution signed by Malcontento along with DOJ State Prosecutor Gilmarie Fe Pacamarra and Senior State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon. Read more: DOJ junks charge vs lawyers, advocates behind ‘No to PECO franchise renewal’, an article by Iloilo News Ph.
It may be recalled that PECO filed charges against the respondents over a consumer’ manifesto, signed by 27,000 persons, to have been falsified in favor of then PECO-rival MORE Power. Then political candidates Alim and Nava were also charged for violating RA3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), as both were then public officials.