Electoral Sabotage

Ha ha ha…May Arrest Warrant na ang Lola mo for Electoral Sabotage !!!
1992       Senator
1998       Vice President
2001       President
2004       President again
2010       Congresswoman
2012       ?

A joint Commission on Elections and Department of Justice committee formally filed a charge of electoral sabotage against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and ex-Comelec official Lintang Bedol at the Pasay City Regional Trial court by by Judge Jesus Mupas of RTC Branch 112.

Apart from the charge, for which no bail was recommended, the committee, which conducted a preliminary investigation into allegations of electoral fraud, also sought the urgent issuance of a hold departure order to prevent the former President and her two co-accused from leaving the country.

A warrant of arrest has been issued already to the former President and now Congresswoman Arroyo.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III welcomed the issuance of the warrant against Arroyo. He said the move was a “victory for justice and public accountability.”

“We welcome this latest development. The Supreme Court TRO for all intent and purposes becomes ineffectual because of the latest turn of events. This is clearly a victory for justice and public accountability,” Pimentel said.

However, he said “it is ironic that it had to take a lower court rather than the Supreme Court to ensure that the pursuit of justice and public accountability would not be frustrated.”

“Gloria Arroyo should face the music. This is not persecution. This is not a mockery of justice. This is a former President being held to account for her alleged involvement in electoral sabotage. In Taiwan, in South Korea, former presidents have been jailed and held to account for their acts,” he said.

“Regardless of our status in society, no one is above the law—not even a former president,” Pimentel added.

Meanwhile, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said that, “The long-awaited day of seeing…Arroyo arrested, mug-shot taken, and placed behind bars is now at hand.”

“After more than 500 days in office, the Aquino government finally has a criminal case filed against GMA. Today’s events show that it is indeed possible to hasten the filing of cases against the former president,” Bayan said.

“We hope electoral sabotage will not be the first and last case filed against GMA. Cases of plunder and human rights violations should also follow suit. We urge the public to remain vigilant since the Arroyo camp will not cease its maneuverings to evade justice,” it added.

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