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Wagi! JV Ejercito says acquittal shows fairness of Sandiganbayan

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Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito “grateful” for Sandiganbayan decision dropping charges of alleged anomalous purchase of high-powered police firearms when he was still mayor of San Juan City.

“At the moment, I am just grateful that my name has been cleared and redeemed from the charges,” he said in a statement.

For the last two years, Ejercito said he has maintained his innocence on charges despite doubts from some groups.

“I have been firm on two things: one that I am innocent of the charges filed against me and two, that I have faith in the fairness of our judicial system. These beliefs have just been reaffirmed by the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division decision acquitting me from technical malversation,” the senator said.

Ejercito expressed his gratitude to the anti-graft court justices “for remaining true to their duty of upholding justice and fairness.”

In a resolution, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division ruled that the prosecution was unable to prove the senator’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt that the senator indeed used the calamity fund of the city in acquiring the said firearms in 2008.