The legal spokesman of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, Ferdinand Topacio, on July 19, 2016 said they are thankful for the Supreme Court’s decision to absolve former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of plunder charges.
The acquittal only proves that the case of Macapagal-Arroyo is politically motivated, Topacio said.
“The Supreme Court has once again proven itself to be the final bastion of justice and the rule of law,” Topacio said in a statement.
“Its ruling today has validated what we have been saying for six years now: that the charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are nothing more than disingenuous attempts at political persecution by a corrupt and inept Aquino administration intent on covering up its gross lack of accomplishments by harassing its political opponents,” he added.
The former first gentleman reverberated Topacio’s announcement saying the past administration took away six years of his wife’s life by detaining her.
“Thank God. We’re very happy. They took away six years of her life. An innocent woman,” Arroyo said.
Topacio said Arroyo “would like to thank their family and friends who have shown unwavering loyalty to Macapagal-Arroyo and the Arroyo and Macapagal families in their hour of deepest darkness, through the trials brought about by unrelenting prosecution and defamation perpetrated by the previous regime”.
“Their continuous moral support and prayers have seen Atty. and Mrs. Arroyo, their children and grandchildren, through what have been the most trying of times for them,” Topacio said.
Topacio said in a televised phone interview, that they are expecting the former president to “be home, in time for dinner.”
GMA is happy with SC’s decision.
In the mean time, the Macapagal-Arroyo’s legal counsel Estelito Mendoza, affirmed that the previous president would go straight to her home at La Vista after her discharge. He also hailed the SC ruling.
He added that the former president is “very happy and feels vindicated.”
Mendoza also dismissed rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte played a part in the choice.
“Walang kinalaman si President Duterte sa kasong ito o sa proseso ng Supreme Court.”
Arroyo through Topacio, convey optimism that the Duterte administration would give positive changes and voiced their support for the president’s advocacies.
“The dawn of a new administration has brought about new hope for great positive change, which includes freedom from false and malicious accusations and unceasing lies and disinformation. We all join the new government in its fight against criminality, corruption and its economic and political reforms that will surely usher in a new golden age for our country and people,” Topacio said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the SC en banc rejected the plunder case against Macapagal-Arroyo over her alleged abuse of the intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office because of absence of proof.