Palace welcomes 'Morong 43' lawsuit vs GMA

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 06 2011 05:20 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2011 01:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday said it welcomes the filing of charges against former President Arroyo over the detention of the Morong 43.
 
But the Palace could not say if it will initiate the filing of charges against the previous administration before the Office of the Ombudsman in view of a forthcoming impeachment trial against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. 
 
“Alam naman po natin na yung balakid natin sa harapan natin so mas mabuti po munang tingnan natin kung ano ang mangyayari dun sa balakid na yun,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. 
 
“You really will be able to boost your anti-corruption efforts is you have an Ombudsman that really acts after the people’s interest, yung talagang pag meron na tayong tunay na Tanodbayan, magiging madali na po yung pagproseso ng mga iba  pong bagay na naniniwala po tayong dapat mangyari under the administration of President Aquino,” Valte said.
 
Valte said she is no position to say if it would have been better for the detainees to file a criminal case instead of a civil case against the former President. She said criminal cases tend to progress faster than civil cases.

Six of the so-called Morong 43 earlier filed a P15-million civil suit against government and military officials, including Arroyo, for the alleged injustices they earlier received in the hands of their captors.

The 43 health workers were undergoing training in Morong, Rizal  when they were arrested and detained for 10 months on charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.They were released last December 17, 2010 after President Benigno Aquino ordered the justice department to withdraw the information against them.