- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who served as the 14th president of the Philippines, was charged with plunder and electoral sabotage after her administration
- Supreme Court justices junked her plunder case on Tuesday, with an 11-4 ruling
- The 3-term Pampanga representative was thankful that she had been acquitted, stating that she has ‘kept faith in the justice system’
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has a lot to thank for the dismissal of her plunder case.
Now a third-term representative for the Second District of Pampanga, Arroyo expressed her gratitude to the Supreme Court as well as to the newly-sworn in president.
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She was grateful for the Supreme Court justices, who ruled 11-4 on the dismissal of her case, that they were able to stop the unjust persecution she had been through for the past five years.
Incidentally, those who were not in favor of junking Arroyo’s case were appointees of former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa.
As for President Rodrigo Duterte, she extended her ‘heartfelt appreciation’ as her case went through its course ‘totally unhampered’.
She also voiced her appreciation to her supporters, who never failed to give her their ‘unending’ moral support.
Aside from her thankfulness to those who have exonerated her, Arroyo took the time to address the public. She stated that they should accept the Supreme Court’s ruling now that she has been acquitted.
“With the High Tribunal rendering a final decision on this unfortunate episode, I sincerely hope that everyone will respect and recognize the truth that has been established,” she said.
Her acquittal has made her a firm believer of the country’s justice system, stating that we should keep faith in what it has to offer.
Arroyo’s elation over her release has also reached her legal counsel, Estelito Mendoza, who told the press that she also felt vindicated now that she has been released.
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"What is significant about it is that she did not have to present any evidence, which means from inception, there was no basis for her to be imprisoned and detained.”
The former Solicitor General also recalled how Duterte’s predecessor always claimed that Arroyo’s imprisonment had been one of his greatest accomplishments of his administration.
Despite the tribulations Arroyo has been through, Mendoza affirmed that his client will not retaliate against her adversaries.
"I think GMA [Arroyo] will follow that mandate. She is a good Christian, and unfortunately, even good Christians go through a calvary," he said.
It has been known that the Ombudsman filed a plunder suit against Arroyo at the Sandiganbayan in 2012 for the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds from 2008 up until 2010.
She was also arrested in 2011 for electoral sabotage by the Commission on Elections.
Post-presidency, Arroyo has been through a lot physically due to her cervical spondylosis. Her illness, which is the wearing off of the bones, has made her shuffle back and forth from Veterans Medical Memorial Center (VMMC), where she is still currently detained, to St. Luke’s Medical Hospital.
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While Arroyo is with family, friends and supporters inside the VMMC, a release order has yet to be issued before she can finally leave its premises.-Kami Media
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