Manila, Philippines- The ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the plunder case against former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has disappointed Senator Leila De Lima saying that the SC has crippled the Sandiganbayan’s role as the trier of facts.
“It’s disappointing,” De Lima told a batch of reports in the senate, was also doubtful on the timing of the ruling and admitted that she herself has not seen the resolution of the court and much more interested on the unorthodox opinions of the panel.
“There are dissenting opinions. I’d be so interested to read the dissenting opinion.” She told the media.
The former Department of Justice (DOJ) who ran after Arroyo’s plunder case during the Aquino administration was quoted saying, “What’s happening? These are trying times and first, why did they have to wait for the change in administration to issue that ruling?”
De Lima accused the SC who, according to her “assumes the role of trier of facts” pointing to a previous decision by the Sandiganbayan to have dismissed the application to file for bail and demurrer of evidence.
“We are seeing here situations when the SC seem to assume the role now of trier of facts. Kasi yung Sandiganbayan, several times na yan na ni-reject the plea for bail and demurrer to evidence”, she said.
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Arroyo thankful to Duterte
Meanwhile, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asks the public to sincerely accept the SC’s decision on Tuesday.
“I sincerely hope that everyone will respect and recognize the truth that has been established,” Arroyo said.
The former President, now Pampanga 2nd District Representative also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for allowing her case to “take its course totally unhampered.”
In 2012, Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Arroyo whom was accused of misusing the P366-Million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Duterte, a lawyer and a former prosecutor, already told the media in February that if ever he got the chance to be elected, he will free Arroyo due to weak evidence.