Let Gloria Arroyo trial begin – solons

December 10, 2011

WITH the transfer of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), militant lawmakers said they are expecting the cases filed against her to start rolling.

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano and Bayan Muna Reps. Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares have appealed to the government to stop giving Arroyo special treatment while being detained in the VMMC.

Arroyo, now Pampanga representative, was charged with electoral sabotage in connection with the cheating during 2007 mid-term elections.

Mariano said the prosecution must proceed immediately not just on the electoral sabotage case but also on the plunder cases filed by different groups.

The solon also wanted Arroyo to be investigated on the alleged funneling of P391.9 million funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

He added that the beleaguered Pampanga representative is highly accountable for numerous crimes against Filipinos, particularly grave human rights abuses during her administration.

Casiño and Colmenares said that the government should stop giving special treatment to the former President as they expressed objection to the hospital arrest.

Casiño said Arroyo should be detained in prison cells just like the ordinary prisoners who until now are languishing in jail.

Earlier, Malacañang brushed aside any delay in the transfer of Mrs. Arroyo from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig to Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also slammed former President Arroyo’s snipes at President Benigno C. Aquino III of alleged “demagoguery” and black propaganda against her.

There is no prejudgment, Valte said as she assured Mrs. Arroyo that she will have her day in court.

For her part, Mrs. Arroyo still believes that the rule of the law will prevail and that her Creator would exonerate her from all the suits lodged against her by the Aquino administration.




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