Senator Leila de Lima had a hunch that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would be freed close to a year before the tribunal ruled in her favor.
De Lima said she expected Arroyo would be able to walk free after the Supreme Court allowed former senator Juan Ponce Enrile to post bail in August 2015.
“It also crossed my mind noon, remember, the SC also granted bail to former senator Enrile. 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 of trier of facts,” she told reporters at the Senate on Tuesday (July 19).
In a vote of 11-4, the SC junked the plunder case filed against Arroyo concerning her alleged misuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) P366-million intelligence funds.
De Lima noted that the Sandiganbayan had rejected Arroyo’s bail plea and demurrers to evidence several times before her camp brought the case to the Supreme Court.
“Here, the Supreme Court, based on news reports, is saying the evidence of guilt is not strong, supplanting again the assessment of the Sandiganbayan as the trier of facts. It’s disappointing,” she said.

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