Malacañang is confident that the Aquino administration will win the supposedly strong criminal cases that it has filed against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In a news briefing on Friday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the cases against the previous leader will be able to stand their ground in court so that justice is served to the people.
He added that the cases will be judged based on evidence presented.
Coloma’s statements came after the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed for lack of proof a fourth graft complaint against Arroyo in connection with a multimillion fertilizer fund scam.
He told reporters that the Palace welcomes the decision, saying, “We respect the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent constitutional body, which has the authority to decide on such cases filed before it.”
The P728-million fertilizer fund, intended for the procurement of fertilizers and other farm implements for farmers, was allegedly diverted to the campaign kitty of Arroyo and some of her officials during the 2004 national elections.
Arroyo is currently detained at the V. Luna Memorial Medical Center over an electoral sabotage case filed against her by the Commission on Elections.
The poll body said she had ordered former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. to manipulate results of the 2007 senatorial elections in his province in favor of her senatorial candidates.
Andal Sr., a political ally of Arroyo, supposedly helped her party’s senatorial candidates sweep Maguindanao. He is one of the principal accused in the November 23, 2009
Maguindanao Massacre in which 58 people were killed, 32 of whom were journalists.
Arroyo is facing two other plunder cases against her before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The cases involve a supposed anomaly at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and an allegedly tainted deal with a Chinese telecommunications company.
The Ombudsman had cleared the former president in the P72-million plunder case in connection with the old Iloilo Airport’s sale and in the supposed misuse of the P530-million Overseas Workers Welfare Administration funds.