Philippine court blocks general's graft plea bargain
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked efforts by a senior general facing massive graft charges to enter a plea bargain which would have let him post bail and walk free in a few years, keeping much of the money.
The court issued an order which temporarily blocks a special anti-graft court from going ahead with the plea bargain deal involving former military comptroller Major General Carlos Garcia.
This will give the Supreme Court time to consider a government petition which asks it to intervene in Garcia's case and possibly to stop the plea bargain, said court spokesman Theodore Te.
The government, which wants tougher punishment for the general as part of a crackdown on official corruption, welcomed the top court's action.