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Post  Admin on Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:17 pm

The legal spokesman of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo challenged yesterday the Aquino government to show
evidence against her, claiming that President Benigno S. Aquino III just
wanted to divert public attention after he bailed out his friend, newly
appointed election commissioner Grace Padaca.
Responding to the challenge, Malacañang said: "Be careful with what you wish for."
a phone interview, lawyer Raul Lambino belittled the Chief Executive's
declaration that the prosecutors have strong plunder case against Mrs.
Arroyo which stemmed from alleged fraudulent transfer of P366 million
confidential intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes
Office (PCSO) from 2008 to 2010
"Ganun din sinabi niya sa
electoral sabotage case, pero wala naman pala silang matibay na
ebidensiya. Pano magiging malakas ang ebidensya nila, eh ang Commission
on Audit ay naglalabas ng report every year that those funds are
properly spent? Nasaan ang kanilang ebidensya?" he asked.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, "Atty. Lambino
should be careful with what he wishes for because it just might come
Lambino branded as diversionary tactic the government's
move to have the former President arrested as he criticized Mr. Aquino
for implementing a "double-standard" policy that only stands to benefit
his allies, patrons, and friends.
"Gusto lang ni Presidente na
pagtakpan ang pagabswelto nya kay former Governor Grace Padaca.
Pagkakampi abswelto agad, pag kalaban kulong agad. Anong klaseng
hustisya ito?" Lambino asked.
But Valte dismissed Lambino's
allegation that the Palace is using former President Arroyo to divert
the public's attention from the Padaca case.
"His line that we are using CGMA to divert any issue is a tired and old one," Valte said.
his personal funds, President Aquino paid the P70,000 bail bond Padaca
posted last Thursday at the Sandiganbayan over the graft and
malversation cases hurled against her by the anti-graft court's Fifth
Lambino said they are exploring and exhausting all
possible legal options, including the filing of a petition for
certiorari before the Supreme Court questioning the exercise of
discretion, which they "believe was abused by the Ombudsman and the
Sandiganbayan in handling our earlier petition for judicial
determination of probable cause."
"Wala pa kaming desisyon ngayon, lahat ng options na available ay pinag-aaralan," he said.
from Mrs. Arroyo, also ordered arrested last Thursday were former PCSO
Director Manuel Morato, PCSO budget officer Benigno B. Aguas, PCSO Board
of Directors chairman Sergio O. Valencia; former PCSO general manager
Rosario C. Uriarte; PCSO director Jose R. Taruc V, Raymundo T. Roquero,
and Ma. Fatima A. S.Valdes; former Commission on Audit chairman Reynaldo
A. Villar and former COA-Intelligence Fund Unit head Nilda B. Plaras.
Valencia and Aguas already surrendered to the Philippine National Police
while Morato turn himself in to the National Bureau of Investigation.
were accused of conspiracy in defrauding the government of P365,997,915
through unlawful transfer of confidential/intelligence funds of PCSO
from January 2008 to June 2010.
Plunder, a capital offense, is
non-bailable and punishable by life imprisonment and entails forfeiture
of defendants'assets if they are found guilty of the crime.
Arroyo remains at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) where she
was served a warrant of arrest for plunder last Thursday.

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