SC fortifies acquittal of Arroyo in plunder case

MANILA — The Supreme Court decision which cleared former president and now Pampanga congresswoman, Gloria Arroyo of plunder is now final.

The Supreme Court denied the motion of the Office of the Solicitor General which seeks a reversal of the July 2016 decision that acquitted Arroyo.

The court said there is no compelling reason to reconsider the previous ruling.

“The court noted that its decision had granted petitioners’ respective demurrers to the evidence which resulted in their acquittal and thus any attempt to reconsider the decision would amount to double jeopardy,” Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

Arroyo was charged with plunder for the alleged misuse of PCSO funds amounting to P366 million from 2008 to 2010.

The court dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

The justices voted the same, with eleven of them favoring the acquittal and release of Arroyo.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Justice Antonio Carpio and Justices Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dissented.

The court also affirmed the acquittal of former PCSO Budget and Accounts Manager Benigno Aguas. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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