OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales has asserted that the plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has strong legal and factual basis.
The Ombudsman filed a motion asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision acquitting Arroyo in connection with the anomalous use of intelligence funds of the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In the motion, Morales maintained that the prosecution was able to prove that P365,997,915.00 was repeatedly pilfered by the accused, in conspiracy with each other, from the Confidential and Intelligence Fund (CIF) of the PCSO from 2008 to 2010.
Documents presented by the prosecutors indubitably show that the CIF was heavily increased by infusions under the written directive of Arroyo, Morales averred.
She said it was also proven that the amount of P365,997,915.00 withdrawn was actually received by ex-PCSO officials Rosario Uriarte and Sergio Valencia.
Morales said that “the irregularity-riddled CIF disbursement and liquidation processes implemented by the concerned PCSO officers were not strictly scrutinized by the Supreme Court, even though this eventually led to the unbridled pilferage of public funds amounting to P365,997,915.00.”
In asking for the reversal of the ruling, Morales reminded the Supreme Court that “Uriarte, the recipient of the bulk of the CIF that are unaccounted for, is a fugitive from justice and remains at-large.