Reverse Arroyo ruling, Ombudsman asks SC

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The Office of the Ombudsman has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision clearing former President Gloria Arroyo of plunder.

In its motion for reconsideration filed Wednesday at the High Court, the Ombudsman insisted that its prosecutors were able to present strong evidence against Arroyo, who was accused of misusing P366 million of the Confidential Intelligence Fund (CIF) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The High Court, it said, “finds nothing wrong with the irregularity-riddled CIF disbursement and liquidation processes implemented by the concerned PCSO officer, even though this eventually led to the unbridled pilferage of public funds amounting to P365,997,915.”

The Ombudsman said the SC committed grave errors which amount to a violation or deprivation of the state’s right to due process when it dismissed the case against the former leader.


Arroyo, now a congressional representative of Pampanga, was released on July 21 from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she had been detained since 2012.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales maintained that prosecutors presented strong evidence consisting of 630+ documentary exhibits and the testimony of many witnesses.

“So to us these are exhaustive records which reflect that the prosecution was able to prove the guilt beyond reasonable doubt of the accused,” Morales said.

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4 Comments

  1. Inuubos ni Morales ang panahon ng Tanodbayan sa pag-uusig niya sa mga kalaban ni Noynoy upang hindi makasuhan si Noynoy at ang KKK niya.

  2. Morales vindictiveness and selective justice has been very evident ,using her position in abusive manner is reprehensible And hopefully the current President will see how she has been and recommend her to step down . Whatever relation she has with Inday Sara’s husband , Let’s hope the President will recognize that his priority first is equal justice for all regardless of class standing .

  3. In Spanish Carpio-Morales could be described as arrogante (arrogant), jactancioso (boastful), and selfish (evioso) and any person who describe her as such is correct. Carpio-Morales only wants to show to us all that she is better than anybody of better than 11 SC Justices. The SC should throw the appeal in the burner.