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Arroyo asks SC to dismiss plunder case and set her free
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 25, 2016, 8:29 pm

(By Jeffrey A. Damicog & Rey G. Panaligan, 25 June 2016)

 Former President and re-elected Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to resolve her petitions on her P366-million plunder case involving funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) pending with the Sandiganbayan.

Arroyo elevated to the SC three issues -- the denial to post bail, determination of probable cause, and demurer to evidence.

A check with the SC showed that these issues may be tackled in next week’s full court session.

In a motion filed last Thursday, Arroyo pleaded the SC to resolve immediately her petition to dismiss her plunder case through a demurer to evidence after the Office of the Ombudsman has started investigation on a new complaint for plunder and malversation of public funds also in connection with the PCSO funds from 2004 to 2007.

"That the institution of the new complaint which involves disbursements of PCSO funds for earlier years hardly suggests that its filing is to vindicate a public wrong,” Arroyo said.

“Indeed, in an earlier pleading, the petitioner has stated that, in light of the arguments now on records of the case, (petitioner Arroyo) sees the 'break of dawn' in the restoration of full restoration of her freedom. The Office of the Ombudsman seeks to prolong her nightmare," the motion stated.

She reminded the SC that she has been detained since October, 2012.

DEMURRER GRANTED

Meanwhile, the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan has granted the request of Arroyo to file a demurrer (objection) to evidence “within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice” to show that the prosecution failed to prove her guilt in connection with the cancelled $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project with the Chinese-based Zhing Xing Telecommunications Equipment, Inc. (ZTE).

“Accused Ma. Gloria M. Macapagal-Arroyo’s motion for leave to file demurrer is Granted,” read the resolution signed by Fourth Division Chair Jose Hernandez and Associate Justices Alex Quiroz and Geraldine Faith Econg.

The anti-graft court also gave the prosecution 10 days to file its comment or opposition.

“Thereafter, and unless the Court shall require further submissions from the parties, this incident will be submitted for resolution,” the Fourth Division ruled.

Because Arroyo was allowed to file a demurrer to evidence, the court also cancelled the scheduled presentation of the defense on July 20 and 21.

Arroyo’s lawyers sought the filing of the demurrer to evidence after the prosecution ended its presentation of evidence and rested its case.


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