Cotabato governor calls acquittal a ‘grateful day’

Published September 15, 2018, 5:16 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Malu Cadelina Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY  – For Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza, having been acquitted of three graft charges is a “grateful day because truth and justice has prevailed.”

(photo courtesy of Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mendoza was present Friday when the first division of the Sandiganbayan rendered its decision on her graft cases, which stemmed from an allegedly anomalous fuel transaction in 2010. The charges were filed, also in 2010.

Aside from criminal liability, the Sandiganbayan has exonerated the governor from any civil liability, reports said.

“It is well appreciated that the good justices of the anti-graft court had remained true to their duty of upholding justice and fairness,” Mendoza said.

For the governor, this occasion is not only a victory which cleared her name but also for “the people’s faith in the fairness of the country’s judicial system.”

A statement released by the Office of the Provincial Governor said that the case dismissal is also a manifestation that Mendoza is “true to her mandate of delivering ‘Serbisyong Totoo’ to her people in the province with sincerity, integrity, and accountability.”

For Attorney Christoper Cabilen, legal counsel working for the Kidapawan City Government, Mendoza’s “legal vindication” is “moral victory.”