MANILA – Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can finally leave detention after the Supreme Court (SC) voted 11-4 favoring her petition seeking the junking of her plunder case. The plunder case against Arroyo and several others involves the release of over P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds from 2008 up to 2010.

In her petition with the SC, Arroyo sought a reversal of two Sandiganbayan resolutions, dated April 6, 2015 and September 10, 2015, that junked her demurrer to evidence, a plea raised when a defendant believes the evidence against him or her is weak. Arroyo no longer presented her defense before the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman completed the presentation of its case against her, and instead filed her petition with the SC. "[N]ot a single exhibit of the 637 exhibits offered by the prosecution nor a single testimony of the 21 witnesses of the prosecution was offered by the prosecution to prove that [Arroyo] amassed, accumulated, or acquired even a single peso of the alleged ill-gotten wealth amounting to P365,997,915.00 or any part of that amount alleged in the Information," Arroyo argued.

Except for Arroyo, all the other accused in the plunder case have been granted bail. Arroyo is currently under detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
source: abs-cbn news

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