By: Elena Grace Flores
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales cannot accept defeat and cannot hide her grinning over former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s hospital arrest release recently that she vowed to put her back again in jail – showing her evil side. Arroyo’s lawyer Estelito Mendoza described the Ombudsman’s action as “shocking”.
The Supreme Court acquitted Arroyo from a plunder case over the alleged misuse of P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds covering the years 2008 to 2010 – after four long years if being detained over lack of evidence which is surely the result of slow justice by the past administration. Now the ombudsman is already on its preliminary stage for another pending complaint in connection with PCSO intelligence funds covering the earlier period of 2004 to 2007 that Arroyo’s counsel, Laurence Arroyo confirmed that they already filed their counter-affidavit to the complaint.
Meanwhile when Arroyo did not even think of counter filing to charge the Ombudsman in their initial wrong judgement while she is busy coping up with her family and personal life in the free world, Morales is preoccupied in charging Arroyo with plunder again which is a non-bailable offense. This is despite of International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s testmony that the past government has committed human rights violations against political prisoners especially Congresswoman Arroyo.