Links Arroyo to conspiracy to rig 2007 elections
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was finally able to present former Maguindanao Provincial Administrator Norie Unas as the bail hearing of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continues at a local court.
According to the Comelec, Unas is the link who will prove the conspiracy between Arroyo and former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. to supposedly rig the 2007 senatorial elections in the province.
In his testimony before the court, Unas claimed to have heard Arroyo give instructions to Ampatuan Sr. to ensure a 12-0 result in the polls favoring administration candidates. He further claimed that Arroyo wanted Ampatuan to achieve this even if it meant tampering with the results.
The defense moved to strike Unas' testimony from the record, saying that it was all hearsay. They also insisted that the Comelec was moving beyond the scope of the information they filed before the court.
Unas' testimony almost didn't push through after Judge Jesus Mupas of Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112 ordered the prosecution to rest their case in the bail hearing a few weeks ago.
Unas failed to appear before the court then because of alleged threats to his security. However, Mupas reconsidered his earlier resolution and allowed Unas to testify today.
The bail hearing is expected to continue until early Thursday afternoon.