No paper trail proving plunder vs Arroyo: lawyer

Posted at Oct 09 2015 11:46 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2015 07:46 PM

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MANILA - A lawyer of former president and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday said the Philippine government should consider the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's opinion that Arroyo's detention "violates international law and is arbitrary on a number of grounds."

Speaking to ANC, Atty. Larry Gadon said the Philippine government participated in the case filed at the United Nations by lawyer Amal Clooney.

"Kinatigan pa rin ng UN Working group on the Human Rights Commission ang posisyon na inihain ng lawyer ni dating pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo," he said.

He denied there is strong evidence proving that Mrs. Arroyo is guilty of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

He said that during the trial, a prosecution witness said there is no paper trail that proves PCSO funds went to Malacanang.

He said the Commission on Audit also confirmed Mrs. Arroyo was not the responsible officer for the PCSO funds since the office has its own board of directors, general manager and other officials. The COA resident auditor also cleared the PCSO disbursements, he said.

Gadon said Mrs. Arroyo's legal team is still mulling their next move after what they consider a victory in the case they filed at the UN.

He said that despite Arroyo experiencing a new health concern, the congresswoman is seeking reelection as an answer for local officials' clamor for her to run.

ANC, October 9, 2015