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Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia Re-arrested by AFP

Former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia has been arrested anew by the Armed Forces of the Philippines for violations of the Articles of War as affirmed by a military court.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the military court convicted Garcia of violating Articles 96 and 97 of the Articles of War.

It is the conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman for failing to disclose/declare all his existing assets in his 2002 and his 2003 Statement of Assets and Liabilities and for holding the status of an immigrant, permanent resident of the United States of America thereby causing dishonor and disrespect to the military profession,” explained Gazmin.

Under the law, the maximum penalty is 2 years. It was also explained that the president did not exercise his discretion to either lessen the sentence or credit the retired general’s preventive suspension while on trial.

Gen. Eduardo Oban, Armed Forces Chief said Garcia was arrested Friday morning following President Aquino’s confirmation of the Court Martial’s sentence.

We effected the implementation of the order this morning, and at 8:30 they were able to arrest General Garcia, and at 9 a.m. Gen. Garcia has been turned over to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines where he will be detained,” he said.

Judge Advocate General, Brig. Gen. Gilberto Roa explained that ISAFP will just be a temporary detention center for Garcia as the President’s confirmation of his sentence stated that he has to be confined at the National Bilibid Prisons.

ISAFP is just temporary, while processing it and coordinating with the Bureau of Corrections,” Roa said.

Gazmin said Garcia’s sentence was never confirmed by the previous administration. He, however, could not comment on why it was not confirmed.

Noong naipakita sa pangulong Aquino yung mga papeles, ito’y hindi na-confirm, in other words it was not served. So ito ngayon ang aming inimplement dahil na confirm na ng presidente kaya ineffect namin ang kanyang arrest,” Gazmin said.

Aquino signed the confirmation of sentence last September 9 and Gen. Oban received the directive only Thursday night.

That’s why we really have to take action immediately,” Oban said.