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During an interview, Senator Leila de Lima expressed her disappointment over the decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss the plunder case against previous President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
"Ang top of mind reaction ko lang is, "What's happening?' These are trying times and first, why did they have to wait for the change of administration to issue the ruling?" she said.
De Lima was the Justice Secretary when Gloria Arroyo was charged with plunder back in 2012.
"And it also crossed my mind actually noon. Remember when the Supreme Court also granted bail to former senator Enrile? So it crossed my mind. Sabi ko, baka ang isunod nila the case of the former president because we are seeing here situations when the Supreme Court seems to assume the role now trier of facts." she added.
De Lima said that the Sandiganbayan has rejected Gloria Arroyo's appeal to bail many times. The previous CHR during Arroyo's administration noted that as part of PNoy's administration which she said is tough on fighting graft and corruption, she is very disappointed with the SC ruling.
It was reported back in 2011 that De Lima who was the Justice Secretary at the time, stopped Arroyo from going out of the country despite an existing TRO allowing Arroyo to look for medication abroad. She was forced to go back to St. Luke's Medical Center.
De lima said that the dismissal of the case is unfortunate, especially when corruption in the Philippines is intense.
"While we have yet to ascertain and assess the full effect of this decision, I am one hundred percent sure that this is demoralizing or disheartening to most of us, to say the least, as it delivers a huge blow to all our initiatives. I am confident that the Ombudsman will study closely this decision, with the end in view of seeking a reconsideration." She said.
Source: Taho news