Arroyo bail draws cheers, jeers from lawmakers
MANILA, Philippines - The Pasay Regional Trial Court's decision to allow former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to post bail draws mixed reactions from senators and her colleagues at the House of Representatives.
Minority lawmakers praise the temporary release of the now Pampanga congresswoman.
They said the court's decision is a triumph for justice.
"This is a triumph of the rules of evidence and due process and the courage of individual member of the judiciary in the face of the powerful presidency," said House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.
Her allies urged Arroyo to immediately attend the sessions of the House, particularly budget hearings.
Arroyo's staff has started cleaning her office.
They said they are excited to get back to work with the former president.
However, not everyone welcomes her return.
"Dapat kasi maraming kasong isinampa laban sa dating Pangulo. Hindi siya dapat makalaya, marami siyang kasalanan sa bayan," said Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Teddy Casiño.
At the Senate, Senator Koko Pimentel, who filed the electoral sabotage case, said he respects the decision of the court.
He hopes justice will still prevail.
"Okay lang na nakalaya ngayon si CGMA dahil yun ang proseso. Ang nakakagulat kung walang maapanagot sa nangyari," he said.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile doesn't find it suprising that Arroyo was allowed to post bail.
"Kahit sa capital offense, pag mahina ang ebidensya nakakapag-bail," he said.
Other senators are hoping that this will not lead to the junking of the case against Arroyo.
"Kung sa bail nga mahina na ebidensya, sa kaso pa kaya?" Sen. Panfilo Lacson said.
"Naghihingalo iyung kaso, kasi di pa naman talaga patay," Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said. - report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News; ANC