Arroyo’s acquittal is an injustice done to Filipinos

Ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Despite the fact that ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has regained her freedom after the Supreme Court ruled in her favor the plunder case against her, I am sure that in her heart and conscience the truth has not really set her free.

Arroyo may have bragging rights for having been unjustly accused and detained for nearly five years, but now is thumbing her nose at her accusers and political rivals and having the last laugh after being absolve of corruption charges involving P366 million from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that was meant for charitable institutions.

Certainly the decision called for rejoicing and Arroyo showed it, so much so that one could see her on national TV up and about without her neck brace, as if the contraption impeded her celebratory mood.

“Finally justice has been done,” Arroyo’s lawyer said. Well, that may be true for the moment, but unless Rosario Uriarte, the general manager of the PCSO then surfaces the sword of distrust will continue to hang over Arroyo’s head.

Needless to say that without Uriarte justice has not really been done. (

Could there be a reason why Justice Marvic Leonen criticized his fellow magistrates of failing to see the evidence when they acquitted Arroyo of plunder?

What is more telling perhaps than Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s dissenting opinion explaining and emphasizing as follows: “Arroyo’s manner of approving requests for additional Confidential and Intelligence Funds (CIFs), seven times in the course of three years, reveals the initial indispensable act in the conspiracy to commit plunder.”

“All the individual acts of the conspirators from the time of the requests were approved until the moment the amounts were finally in the Office of the President indicate a complete whole.”

Even former president Benigno Aquino was forced to question, in dismay, the ruling that freed Arroyo, saying, she should be held accountable for the mismanagement of funds that were supposed “to alleviate the suffering of many of our countrymen”.

Arroyo has, indeed, to answer for “the suffering of many of our countrymen.” Not only in this particular case, but in another corruption case that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is preparing against Arroyo. What an encouraging and morale boosting development this is!

Justice on earth is not what Arroyo should be more concern about.

What should matter to Arroyo at this stage and in her condition is the wrath of God, for it heals nothing that afflicts her and especially if injustice has been done to the very people she has been sworn to serve and protect.


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