Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday communicated alarm over the Supreme Court's ruling on the plunder case against ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, saying the tribunal seems to have supplanted the Sandiganbayan's part as the trier of facts.
De Lima, who was Justice Secretary under the Aquino administration, which sought after the body of evidence against Arroyo, scrutinizing the SC's decision even as she conceded that she has yet to read the decision, and the disagreeing opinions of the four judges.
"I have not seen yet the decision. I understand it’s not a unanimous decision. There are dissenting opinions. I’d be so interested to read the dissenting opinion," said De Lima, who was the Commission on Human Rights chief under Arroyo's administration.
"Ang top of mind reaction ko lang is: ‘What’s happening?’ These are trying times and first, why did they have to wait for the change in administration to issue that ruling?" she told the media at the Senate.
When De Lima was still the Justice Secretary, the DOJ did the preliminary investigation of plunder cases against Arroyo, including her affirmed abuse of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) funds.
In 2011, she stopped Arroyo, now a re-elected congresswoman, from leaving the country despite the SC’s issuance of temporary restraining order stopping the government from enforcing watch list orders barring Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel, from traveling abroad.
Despite the fact that it was the Ombudsman who arraigned Arroyo, De Lima said she was frightened that the previous President is set to walk free, which she said is a major hit to the Aquino administration's anti-corruption campaign.
Source: GMA News