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No hospital arrest: Sandiganbayan orders ex-mayor Cuerpo jailed

The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division has remained firm that former Rodriguez, Rizal Mayor Pedro Cuerpo be jailed for having disobeyed the order of a court.

With this, the anti-graft court denied the motion for reconsideration of Cuerpo who asked that his hospital arrest at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) be deducted from his sentence.

Cuerpo had been sentenced back in 2010 for failure to obey a court order and sentenced to imprisonment ranging from one month and 11 days up to six months as well as a fine of P1,000.

The case stemmed from his refusal to execute the 2003 order of Judge Elizabeth Balquin-Reyes of the San Mateo, Rizal Regional Trial Court to process the applications for building permits filed by private complainants Leticia Nanay, Nancy Barsubia, Ma. Victoria Ramirez, Crisanta Oxina and their co-owners of a parcel of land.

In its resolution, the Sandiganbayan said it found his motion for reconsideration “devoid of merit.”

“It is daylight clear that the court never ordered the detention or service of sentence of accused Cuerpo at the PHC,” the anti-graft court said.

“Instead, the court once again suspended the execution of judgment and liberally allowed accused Cuerpo’s stay for confinement at PHC so that he can undergo the treatment he allegedly needed,” it explained.