Charges would be filed next month against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, even as reports emerged that she was suffering from a “rare disease” and that she would seek medical treatment in Germany this month.
“The latest information that I have is by November we will be filing charges,” PNoy said in reply to a question at a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap). He did not elaborate beyond saying that the details were “still being finalized.”
Pressed again on who would be charged next month, Mr. Aquino said: “You asked [about] my predecessor. So I said, ‘Yes, by November.’”
The ailing Arroyo, now the representative of Pampanga’s second district, is the subject of five plunder complaints filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ). She is afflicted with a condition called “hypoparathyroidism,” according to her husband, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.
How uncanny for the Arroyo’s to develop rare diseases and the need for medical rest whenever a case or issue is in the midst.
The couple are also implicated in the purported poll fraud in 2004 and 2007 that is being investigated by a joint committee of the DOJ and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Plunder is a nonbailable offense. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes has been quoted as saying that a prima facie finding in the poll fraud inquiry could result in the filing of charges of electoral sabotage, which is likewise non-bailable.
Mike Arroyo himself will be charged with graft in connection with the secondhand helicopters sold as brand new to the Philippine National Police in 2009.