Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan assailed today what she dubbed as an anomalous and fishy Supreme Court decision allowing former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and First Gentleman Mike Arroyo to leave the country.
“There is no urgent and compelling reason for the Arroyos to leave. The former President’s medical condition hardly qualifies as an emergency and is far from being a situation of life and death. The extent of the crimes that they have to answer for in the interest of justice and accountability far outweighs the supposed personal health risks that Filipino doctors and facilities can adequately address.”
The Gabriela solon also said that it is not enough for DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima to file a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court decision. “It is high time for President Aquino to show political will and immediately direct the Department of Justice to initiate the filing of charges against the Arroyos.”
“More than the filing of a motion for reconsideration, it has now become imperative for the Department of Justice to expedite the filing of charges against the former President. Otherwise, this legal fiasco provides an opportunity for one of Philippine history’s biggest plunderer to escape accountability, and no less than the Aquino administration will be held liable for this injustice.”
Ilagan likewise expressed her doubts on the Arroyos’ intent to return and face charges once they have been allowed to leave the country. “They can always say they will return, but we all know they have lied so many times.” Jang Monte, Public Information Officer, Office of Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan