Court upholds dismissal of graft case vs GMA

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The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division stood pat on its ruling dismissing the graft complaint filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, and former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. in connection with the botched $329-million national broadband network (NBN) deal.

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In a six-page resolution dated November 10, the court denied for lack of merit the prosecution’s plea to reconsider the earlier ruling.

The court said it has “exhaustively discussed” the elements of the offense charged and that the prosecution’s evidence “failed to meet and satisfy the required elements.”

Arroyo is now a member of the House of Representatives, representing the second district of Pampanga.

In 2011, the spouses Arroyo and Abalos were accused of violating Section 3(g) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“Even granting, without conceding, that the NBN Contract was grossly disadvantageous, it should be emphasized that said contract was nevertheless cancelled. Following the ruling in Duterte v. Sandiganbayan, which the Court relied upon in resolving the instant case, the contract subject of this case no longer exists long before the filing of the Information in Court,” the court said.

Associate Justice Jose Hernandez, who leads the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division, and Associate Justices Alex Quiroz and Geraldine Faith Econg signed the resolution.

REINA TOLENTINO

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  1. Exactly Correct …. the courts in the Philippines was easily swayed what the sitting President wants … look at GMA when BS Aquino was in power …. GMA was arrested and detained in VMC after the order of the sitting President … what more can we expect from them a big NOTHING…

  2. When Ninoy Aquino was senator he used the senate against his political enemy Ferdinand Marcos. Aquino even encouraged and supported the communist movement and gave them their first batch of firearms. He was in on the plan to bomb Plaza Miranda so he made sure he was away when the communists threw the grenades. He then blamed Marcos for the bombing and made fools of the people into believing it. When Cory Aquino was president she made sure that the Filipinos would suffer while she made her family and friends very rich at the expense of the public coffers. She did not stop blaming Marcos for the suffering of the Filipinos. Noynoy Aquino did the same thing his parents did, used government resources to further enrich himself, his family and friends. He also persecuted his political enemies. We the Filipino people need to stop these Aquinos from using us, our government and our money for their selfish political ambitions.

  3. Whats the difference between GMAs case and those of Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada? One is politically motivated and the other is true.

  4. Why couldn’t they reach that decision during the years she spent on hospital arrest, The court system is hopelessly corrupt and seem to rule based on what the president wants.