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Lacson supports SC's dismissal of plunder case against ex-President GMA

Saying he has forgiven his tormentors under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday supported the Supreme Court (SC) decision dismissing a plunder case against the former chief executive.
"Mrs. Arroyo has suffered enough, having spent six years in detention under an extremely difficult physical condition. Even for purely humanitarian consideration, I support the Supreme Court's ruling to free her and accord her some comfort for the remaining years of her life, which are not really that many, considering her age," Lacson said in a press statement.
"As I have repeatedly said, while I will never forget who they are, I have forgiven all my tormentors for the past nine years under her administration, living or dead," he added.
Lacson fled the country in February 2010 to evade what he called harassment from the Arroyo administration.
The senator, a former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), returned to the country after one year under the new administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Meanwhile, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros expressed her sadness and disappointment with the SC's 11-4 ruling that gave Arroyo freedom after four years in detention over a P366 million plunder case Hontiveros and two other co-petitioners file 2011.
"It's a sad day for justice," Hontiveros said.
Hontiveros, along with former Brigadier General Danilo Lim and social activist Jimmy Regalario, filed the PCSO plunder cases before the Ombudsman in 2011.
"The case we filed is strong. In fact, it was one of the two PCSO plunder cases admitted by the Office of the Ombudsman under Conchita Carpio Morales, and subsequently filed before the Sandiganbayan," Hontiveros, an ally of former President Aquino, said.
Hontiveros said that she would confer with her co-petitioners on the best course of action to take to pursue justice and accountability from the corrupt Arroyo government.
Hontiveros' fellow neophyte senator and ally Leila de Lima, who served as justice secretary under Aquino administration, said the dismissal was "unfortunate."
"It was handed down as it is at a time when anti-corruption efforts in the Philippines have been receiving accolades from all over the world," De Lima said.
"While we have yet to ascertain and assess the full effect of this decision, I am one hundred percent sure that this is demoralizing or disheartening to most of us, to say the least, as it delivers a huge blow to all our initiatives," she added.
De Lima expressed optimism that the Ombudsman will study closely the SC's ruling "with the end in view of seeking a reconsideration." (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Dec-12 03.13.13 UTC+0800