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Will GMA file charges for her 4-year detention?

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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IF given the chance or if recommended by her lawyer, former president now Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will file charges against persons responsible for her four-year detention.

In a press briefing, Arroyo said she is aware of the legal options available to her in order to make people behind her long years of incarceration pay for an offense of malicious prosecution.

“It’s been considered but I haven’t pursued it.  And if I will file a case, I’ll only file a case against one person,” Arroyo  said.
   
The House leader refused to name the person but surely it is from the previous administration.
   
“If I ever file a case, well, it’s premature to disclose who that one person would be,” she added.
   
It can be recalled that Arroyo was charged of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of P366 million confidential funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes.
   
The case reached the Supreme Court, which ordered her to be released because of the failure of the prosecution  panel to prove her guilt.
   
Due to her delicate health condition brought by cervical spondylosis, Arroyo was placed under hospital arrest in Veterans Medical Memorial Center (VMCC).
   
By placing Arroyo in the immigration watchlist in November 2011, then Justice Secretary Leila De Lima prevented her from leaving the country  for an urgent medical treatment abroad despite the absence of a court-issued hold departure order.
 
Making matters worst, De Lima allegedly defied a temporary restraining order against the execution of her watch list directive.
   
It was then President Benigno Aquino III’s wish for the DOJ to issue the watch list order which government claimed empowered immigration men to stop a person from leaving the country even before criminal charges can be filed in court.
   
Aquino was outspoken in his intention to jail Arroyo.
   
Asked by reporters whether or not she intends to file criminal charges against persons who placed her under hospital detention for four years, Arroyo said she has not yet made any decision.