Aquino condoning Arroyo’s evasion of justice
A PROGRESSIVE solon said President Benigno Aquino III will be accountable if former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo manages to evade justice and escape her crimes against the people.
“The government is condoning Arroyo’s evasion of justice. Aquino is letting Arroyo off the hook with the slow and partial prosecution against the former president.”
“This is a total mockery of the Philippine justice system. While the Judicial and Bar Council is selecting a new Supreme Court Chief Justice, a local court allowed Arroyo to post bail,” Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said.
The Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 under Judge Jesus Mupas today granted Arroyo’s petition for bail in connection with the electoral sabotage case against the former president.
“Whatever impact and impression created by Aquino’s SONA on the public will be quickly erased with this complete display of injustice and hypocrisy,” Mariano said. In his SONA, Aquino berated the former administration and said he will not ‘forgive and forget.’
After two days, a court allowed Arroyo to post bail.” “Where is justice in this system that allows a plunderer, criminal and corrupt ex-President escape?” Malacanang only waited for SONA to be over before releasing Arroyo from hospital arrest.”
Mariano said since day one, Aquino showed no sincerity in prosecuting Arroyo and delivering justice for the people.
“If not for the persistence of people’s organizations and progressive partylists, criminal cases against Arroyo would not have been filed,” the solon said.
The Office of the Ombudsman recently filed the first plunder case Arroyo for misusing Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds during her term. Arroyo is also facing two counts of graft and one count of breach of ethics in the Sandiganbayan in connection with the $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal.