Arroyo thanks Duterte, Supreme Court for dismissal of plunder case

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Mcapagal-Arroyo thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court (SC) following the dismissal of the plunder case against her in connection to the alleged misuse of funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Voting 11 to 4, the High Court ruled Tuesday afternoon that the plunder case against Arroyo needs to be junked because of insufficiency of evidence. It also ordered her immediate release from detention.

“First and foremost, to God Almighty be all the glory and praise. Through His kindness and mercy, justice and righteousness have once again prevailed over injustice and wrongdoing,” Arroyo said in a statement released to the press.

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the PCSO plunder case

The former President then thanked Supreme Court magistrates “for finally stopping the persecution” she says she has unjustly gone through the last five years. Arroyo has been detained almost continuously at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since December 2011.

“My profound appreciation to His Excellency (President) Rodrigo Duterte for allowing due process to take its course,” she added. Duterte offered to pardon Arroyo shortly after he won the presidency but the former chief executive declined it, saying that she prefers to be acquitted from the case.

“It is my fervent hope that nobody else will suffer the persecution that had been levied on me through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law,” she added, referring to the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.

She expressed hope that with the high tribunal rendering a final decision on her case, all concerned would respect and recognize “the truth that has been established.”

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FREE AT LAST | Supreme Court dismisses plunder case against Arroyo

Voting 11-4, the Supreme Court has thrown out the plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in connection to the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds amounting to P366 million.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Arroyo lawyer Raul Lambino said the SC has effectively paved the way for Arroyo’s release by granting their camp’s petition for demurrer for evidence.
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The Supreme Court has thrown out the plunder case versus former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

According to the report, those who voted against Arroyo were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Justice Marvic Leonen, Justice Caguioa, and Justice Antonio Carpio.
Lambino added that Arroyo is now a free woman and will be moving out of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center this afternoon, where she has been detained since December 2011.