GMA fate rests with new govt

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The Supreme Court (SC) is set to vote on a plunder case involving former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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It will now wait for the next administration before making any ruling on a case for demurrer to evidence of the former leader.

Duterte had said that he will pardon Arroyo once he became President.

The former president, however, refused because she has to plead guilty to the case.

Arroyo maintained that she is innocent of the crime.

According to a well-placed source of The Manila Times in the High Court, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has asked for more time to study the demurrer case.

The SC source said the case will be called again after two weeks.

The Arroyo case was first listed on the agenda on June 7, 2016 under “Item No. 91” for deliberation of the justices.

This was reset and again was rescheduled on June 14, 2016 until it was called again on June 28.

There are three petitions in the High Court involving the Arroyo case.

The first case is the one handled by Leonen and involves determination of probable cause in the plunder case of Arroyo after being charged for alleged participation in embezzling P366-million intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from 2008 to 2010.

The demurrer to evidence case is with Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin.

The third case involves review of petition for bail of the former president that had been junked by the Sandiganbayan.

It is handled by Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza.

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  1. William t dungo on

    Those two people and the Hyatt 10 who were traitor to GMA during GMA administration. When they went to Aquino administration what they had
    done for the Filipino people, well they just continued the fiscal policy that arroyo had established.

  2. If she ever got a trial and is found innocent then what does that say about Aquino and De Lima ?

    • The two would follow soon, then wait for six months for pardon by the post-Duterte administration.