GMA camp eyes SC relief after demurrer denial

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 01 2015 02:56 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2015 10:56 PM

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. File Photo.

MANILA - The camp of former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is considering taking the Sandiganbayan's denial of her demurrer to evidence in her plunder case to the Supreme Court.

An approval of the demurrer would have virtually acquitted Arroyo.

Arroyo's lawyer Lorenzo Gadon said, "Iyung pag-akyat ng denial ng demurrer to evidence pinag-aaralan, pine-prepare ng lawyers na naka-assign."

Prior to Gadon's interview, law professor Tony Abad made the suggestion that the denial be brought to the high court in a forum.

''Suggestion ni Dean Abad is very much welcome. Natutuwa kami na isang kagaya ni Dean Abad who is a very credible and respected legal luminary naniniwala sa cause, naniniwala sa issue na walang ebidensiya laban kay GMA,'' Gadon said.

Gadon reiterated that Arroyo remains in bad shape. The former president already appealed the anti-graft court's denial of her bail petition before the Supreme Court.

'Hirap na hirap siya sa kaniyang health situation. Iyung isang issue na sinubmit namin sa SC nung na-deny ang bail petition, inakyat sa SC. Ang ibinigay na dahilan ay health reasons,'' he said.

Arroyo also has a pending petition for house arrest after medical experts said that her continued detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center is bad for her health.

READ: Gloria Arroyo seeks house arrest, cites JPE bail

Appearing before a weekly forum, Abad said the anti-graft court's denial of the demurrer to evidence violates the equal protection clause of the law.

Abad cited Arroyo's co-accused in the plunder case for the alleged misuse of half a billion in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds were allowed to post bail.

"Hindi ko maintidihan bakit ganun. Ang charge sa kanila plunder – the act of one is act of all. Kapag dinismiss ang isa dismiss lahat… They are co-conspirators, they are liable, lahat sila liable eh. Bakit nagkaganun? Dapat iakyat sa SC," Abad said.

He likewise reiterated that Arroyo should be granted bail after the court cited humanitarian reasons in allowing Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to post bail for his own plunder case in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Abad said Enrile went straight to work after he was granted bail. He believes Arroyo and others situated like her should be entitled to the same.

"Maganda itong ruling na ito for GMA and those simialrly situated."