As if we needed more proof of just how inept and incompetent Pnoy’s administration was, here we have another court throwing out what is the last of the cases it had filed against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Now, it becomes ever so clear that the previous administration’s cases against Arroyo was an evil to make themselves look good (in the same way Cory had to demonize Marcos to make herself appear saintly).
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The long and short of the case filed against Arroyo is that it might as well have been based on a mere rumor.
Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 112 presided by Judge Jesus Mupas has cleared House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of electoral sabotage charges in connection with the 2007 senatorial elections, when she was president.
The case against Arroyo alleged that she instructed former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. to rig the 2007 senatorial elections to ensure a 12-0 win for her administration’s Team Unity senatorial ticket.
Ferdinand Topacio, House Speaker Arroyo’s counsel, characterized his client’s acquittal as a “great vindication” after she had been “persecuted without end” by the administration of former President Benigno S. Aquino III.
“Not a single witness or document was ever presented showing the participation of Mrs. Arroyo in the crime for which she is charged,” Topacio said.
The Pasay RTC rejected the testimony of witness Engr. Norie Unas, who claimed that Arroyo ordered “dapat 12-0 sa Maguindanao, kahit ayusin o palitan pa ang resulta.”
The court ruled that Unas’ testimony was uncorroborated by any other witness and is not believable.
Even granting Arroyo had issued the alleged instruction, Judge Jesus Mupas said such an instruction does not constitute a crime.
“As noted by the Court, the Information is silent as to how accused Arroyo wanted accused Ampatuan to ‘ensure’ such victory. There is no allegation in the Information that accused Arroyo ordered, or even suggested, that election documents be tampered with, or that votes for any candidate be increased or decreased,” he said.
What it appears to boil down to is that the Pnoy administration just maliciously spun whatever snippet of information it had gotten through underhanded means and attempted to make a case against Arroyo. Then, even before any of the cases could be proven, had her imprisoned.
Now that Pnoy and his brazen ilk have lost power, they are now probably sharting their pants knowing that one good turn deserves another.
But how will they fare behind bars?
Given Senator Leila De Lima’s actions and reactions, I doubt they’ll bear it with the restraint and dignity the way that Arroyo did through her years of imprisonment.
Knowing Arroyo, if and when she does decide to pursue cases against Pnoy and his gang of thieves, the cases filed against them will surely stick.
She knows government inside and out, and through her long years as President, she wielded all the powers of the executive with decisiveness and deliberateness. Unlike Pnoy who was probably petrified by inaction enabled by his pussy footing partner Mar Roxas and in the times that he did act, created even bigger problems than those who intended to solve.
In the months and years following Arroyo’s vindication from all charges filed against her by the Aquino administration, we can hope that her legacy of strong governance will start shining through.