In Catamco vs. Sandiganbayan, G.R. Nos. 243560-62/G.R. Nos. 243261-63, July 28, 2020, penned by Justice Caguioa, the High Court unanimously granted the Petition of Governor Nancy A. Catamco to set aside the assailed Resolution of Sandiganbayan denying her motion to dismiss and thereby ordering the Sandiganbayan to DISMISS the three (3) criminal cases filed against her (SB-18-CRM-0337 to 0339) for violation of her constitutional right to speedy disposition of cases.
In legal parlance, the dismissal of cases on the ground of failure to prosecute or predicated on the clear right of the accused to speedy trial is equivalent to an acquittal that would bar further prosecution of the Governor for the same offense.
Hence, the rule on double jeopardy has now set in which is an important constitutional protection that would totally exonerate her from all charges or criminal liability.
The Supreme Court decision is a slam dunk win for Governor Nancy A. Catamco that would solidify her strong governorship in the Province of North Cotabato.
With full confidence in victory, Governor Catamco has undivided attention to making the province a better place to live in offering a new and more inclusive flagship, MASAGANANG COTABATO. DUMAKI, KUYOG TA.