Comelec files MR on Arroyo bail ruling


Posted at Jul 26 2012 04:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 27 2012 06:40 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday filed a motion for reconsideration on a lower court's decision allowing former President Arroyo to post bail.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes earlier said he was surprised by Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas’ declaration that the evidence against Arroyo was weak, resulting in the granting of Arroyo’s petition for bail.

Arroyo, 65, is facing electoral sabotage charges filed by Comelec and the Department of Justice. She left hospital detention on Wednesday after posting P1 million cash bond.

In his ruling, Mupas said the prosecution failed to establish the "required quantum of proof" that Arroyo was involved in a conspiracy to rig the elections.

However, he ruled that Mrs. Arroyo could not leave the country and would still stand trial for the case.