• Sandigan suspends Arroyo


    FORMER President and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga was slapped a 90-day suspension over the graft charges she is facing in connection with the botched $329-million National Broadband Network-ZTE deal.

    In a four-page resolution, the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division noted that the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act allows the suspension pendente lite of an accused public official.

    Under the law, an incumbent public officer can be suspended from office if “he has a pending criminal prosecution under a valid information or for any offense involving fraud upon government or public funds or property whether as a simple or as a complex offense and in whatever mode of participation.”

    “Wherefore, accused Ma. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is hereby directed to cease and desist from performing and/or exercising the functions and duties, as well as receiving and/or enjoying the salaries, benefits and privileges of her present public position or any other public office or position she may now or hereafter be holding, effective upon notice thereof and continuing for a period of 90 days,” the court said.

    It ordered Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to enforce the suspension order against Arroyo.

    The Office of the Speaker confirmed that it has received the Sandiganbayan’s resolution.

    The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division is composed of Associate Justices Jose Hernandez, Ma. Cristina Cornejo and Gregory Ong.

    Arroyo’s co-accused in the graft complaint are her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo and former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos. The Pampanga lawmaker is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City because of a pending P366-million plunder charge leveled against her for alleged misuse of the state charity’s intelligence fund.


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    1. The first thing i would say is why has it taken so long to get her suspended. She has been charged with this for so long yet only now they suspend her. But as they say better late than never. But the next thing & maybe its even more important is why is she only suspended for 90 days. Shouldnt she be suspended until the conclusion of the case against her. What it means is that just before the 90 days are up they will have to again meet to decide if she must be suspended again. Its ridiculous. No wonder it takes so long for justice to happen in this country when you have a stupid thing like this. The law states if a politician is charged with these offences they should be suspended until the conclusion of their case, & suspended without pay or benefits but if found not guilty all back monies will be paid, so what is the problem with suspending her until conclusion of the case.
      Then why is it no one else seems to complain about this, cant you all see it & how stupid it is. But its also like estrada, revilla & enrile they should also be suspended as soon as they are charged, that should be automatic, not a long drawn out affair as with arroyo. This country cant seem to do anything simple. It always has to be made so complicated few understand it. I wonder is it to help protect each other in case they are caught doing illegal things. It makes you wonder doesnt it. These politicians always seem to do things to protect themselves.

    2. Let us look forward to the developments in this case. Apparently this is another stage play so the Sandigan can also suspend the 3 senathieves by precedent. Also a clear diversion tactic of the administration away from the SC DAP decision. Will Belmonte obey the Sandigan? Of course he will but in the course of Arroyo’s suspension, who among the Congressmen-thieves author so many practical and effective laws? Note that Mrs. Arroyo authored so many social and pro-poor oriented laws which no one even thought of. Let us see.