The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the decision of a Pasay City court allowing former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to post bail in the electoral sabotage case filed against her.
In a 13-page decision dated March 24, 2015 and penned by Associate Justice Elihu Ybanez, the CA’s 9th Division uphold the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ruling that allowed Arroyo to post bail.
The CA found that the government has a weak case against Arroyo, who now represents the second district of Pampanga at the House of Representatives.
“Consequently, in finding that respondent Arroyo’s evidence of guilt is not strong, the grant of bail now becomes a matter of right. Thus, it cannot be said that the trial judge acted in a capricious, whimsical or despotic manner when he issued the assailed Orders granting bail to respondent Arroyo,” the appellate court said.
The CA decision was penned by Associate Justices Isaias Dicdican and Victoria Isabel Paredes.
The electoral sabotage complaint against Arroyo was filed on November 18, 2011 by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The former leader was accused of masterminding the alleged fraudulent elections in 2007 with then Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos.
The lower court threw out the case against Abalos.
But even if Arroyo was allowed to post bail, she remains under hospital arrest because she is also facing plunder complaint for the alleged misuse of state lottery funds.