Hold-departure order issued vs AFP’s Garcia

THE GOVERNMENT has restricted the mobility of former military comptroller Carlos Garcia days after he was freed from jail through a plea bargain agreement.

Two days before Christmas, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a hold departure order against Garcia in connection with a pending tax evasion case involving the retired general.

“In an effort to avert any attempt by disgraced former AFP comptroller Major General Carlos F. Garcia to leave the country, I issued a hold departure order against him,” DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima told reporters.

“Hindi pwedeng palusutin iyan… It’s unacceptable to the administration. It will again be a serious blow to its anti-corruption efforts,” she added.

Garcia’s release caught the ire of several anti-corruption watchdogs.

Despite being slapped with a non-bailable charge of plunder, Garcia is out on bail.

He earlier pleaded guilty to a lower offense through a plea bargain deal with the Office of the Ombusdman.

The deal was approved by the Sandiganbayan, the country’s anti-graft court.

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