MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and the Supreme Court, after winning her plea to effectively dismiss her plunder case.
"I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the honorable members of the Supreme Court for finally stopping the persecution I had unjustly gone through the last five years. My most profound appreciation to His Excellency Rodrigo Duterte for allowing due process to take its course," said Arroyo Tuesday.
Duterte had said during the campaign period that if elected, he will release Arroyo from detention.
Arroyo was sued for the questionable release of P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds in her last two years as chief executive.
She has been under hospital arrest for 5 years due to health reasons.
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But on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered Arroyo's release when it granted Arroyo's demurrer to evidence and reversed the Sandiganbayan First Division's April 6, 2015 and September 10, 2015 resolutions.
"With the High Tribunal rendering a final decision on this unfortunate episode, I sincerely hope that everyone will respect and recognize the truth that has been established," Arroyo said.
"Keep the faith in the justice system," she added, while also thanking God for letting "justice and righteousness" prevail in what she claimed as "injustice and wrongdoing."
Arroyo thanked her supporters too and said she was hoping that political persecution would soon stop.
"It is my fervent hope that nobody else will suffer the persecution that had been levied on me through self-serving interpretation and implementation of the law," Arroyo said.
Arroyo also said those responsible for the "persecution" should be held accountable.
"And that the disregard of truth for which I was made to suffer be dealt with accordingly at the soonest possible time," Mrs. Arroyo said.