Former President-turned-Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo couldn’t hide her jubilation Tuesday (July 19) upon receiving the news she has been acquitted of plunder charges by the Supreme Court, and as expected, first to appear on her ‘thank you’ list besides God Almighty were the honorable justices who voted in her favor and President Rodrigo Duterte.
“First and foremost, to God Almighty be all the glory and praise. Through His kindness and mercy, justice and righteousness have once again prevailed over injustice and wrongdoing. I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency, President Rodrigo Duterte, and to the honorable members of the Supreme Court,” Arroyo said in a press statement.
Arroyo spoke highly of Duterte whom she said allowed her ‘due process to take its course totally unhampered.’ Her heartfelt gratitude, meanwhile, goes to the Supreme Court for finally coming to its senses and letting her go after five years of so-called political persecution under her hostile successor, former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“With the High Tribunal rendering a final decision on this unfortunate episode, I sincerely hope that everyone will respect and recognize the truth that has been established,” Arroyo said. She also thanked her loyal supporters for their unending prayers and moral support that made her keep the faith in the Philippine justice system.
“It is my fervent hope that nobody else will suffer the persecution that had been levied on me through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law. And that the disregard of truth for which I was made to suffer be dealt with accordingly at the soonest possible time,” said the former president, who is expected to be released from hospital arrest within the day.
Source: Politics

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