MANILA (Mabuhay) – The prosecution panel tasked to defend the government in the multimillion plunder case against former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo contested her repeated bail motions, calling them a waste of time.
“By filing these motions, accused Arroyo and her counsels had disrupted the Honorable Court’s deliberation on the merits of this case and all other cases pending before it because it drains away precious time that should have been dedicated by the Honorable Court in deciding other cases,” the seven-page opposition said.
The prosecution panel also asked that Arroyo’s motion for reconsideration of bail be denied.
Arroyo, through lawyer Modesto Ticman Jr., earlier asked the Sandiganbayan’s First Division to set aside its October 2014 ruling denying her motion for admission to bail filed on July 2, 2014.
In the said motion, the former Philippine leader’s camp said that even though the court thinks the prosecution’s evidence is strong, Arroyo should still be granted bail for her provisional liberty as her continued confinement at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center “will surely endanger her life, if not result in permanent impairment of her health.
It was the second motion for reconsideration filed by Arroyo since the court denied in November 2013 her first request to be granted bail. The court also earlier denied her supplemental motion for bail based on health reasons.
Arroyo has been under hospital arrest at the VMMC in Quezon City since December 2011 for allegedly conspiring to fraudulently divert P366 million in confidential Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office intelligence funds “for personal gain” from 2008 to 2010.
However, the prosecution called Arroyo’s repeated motions a “strategy” which should be stopped.
“If this strategy is allowed to pass and [we] allow accused Arroyo and her counsels the unbridled privilege of filing MRs anytime they want, we have thus consented for the processes of the Honorable Court to be subservient to their whims,” the prosecution panel said, adding that to allow the repeated filing of motions is a “mockery of justice within our midst.”
“This strategy cannot and should not be tolerated as it will entail inevitable delay in the administration of justice,” the prosecution panel added further.
But in her earlier motion, Arroyo emphasized the fact that the prosecution has not denied nor presented evidence, documentary or testimonial, proving that she benefited from government funds.
Still, the prosecution said that Arroyo should let the court decide on the merits of her case, instead of badgering the Sandiganbayan.
“It should be emphasized that any delay in the disposition of cases undermines the people’s faith and confidence in the judiciary,” it said. (MNS)