MANILA - The Palace disagreed with the reported statement of Mikey Arroyo that the cases filed against former President Arroyo were part of political persecution.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda cited that the plunder case filed against Arroyo, for example, was filed by an independent Ombudsman.
He added that the cases before the court are outside Palace control.
“Ang bottom line naman [ay] kung may ebidensya, i-prosecute. Kung may ebidensya, bahala na po ang husgado magde-decide kung ano po ang kalalabasan ng kasong ‘yun. Is it based on our discretion whether to convict an accused or not? Whether it’s as high as a former president or as lowly as a clerk, it’s not within our province to decide the fate of an accused. The fate is decided by a judge or justices.”
The Palace wants Arroyo’s cases resolved as soon as possible, just as it wants other cases resolved immediately “as a general principle” such as the Maguindanao massacre. But Lacierda said that due process must be observed.
“Our answer as a general principle, we would like to see cases resolved. But again, we have no control. That’s the limitation of a tripartite form of government, that we have no control over the judiciary,” Lacierda said.