- Photo of GMA without neck brace, wheel chair after acquittal from plunder case surfaces online
- Netizens reacted on the photo shared by GMA News’ Ian Cruz
- SC has dismissed the plunder case vs. Gloria, ruling that the prosecution did not present sufficient evidence
A selfie of the ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo without neck brace and wheelchair together with lawyer Raul Lambino surfaced online after the acquittal of the former president over the plunder case filed against her.
The photo which was taken in the room of GMA at the Veteran’s Memorial Medica Center (VMMC) in Quezon City immediately grabbed the attention of the netizen; drawing both positive and negative comments.
“The neck brace is gone. Wheelchair gone. What else is new in this benighted country? The triumph of evil all over again. Marcoses, arroyos. Enrile’s. Revillas. Estradas. Binays. . .”
“Nawala ang neck collar brace… Naging healthy agad… Dapat ‘yan ang pag-aaralan ng mga scientist kung pano nakakapagaling ang sakit paglabas ng kulungan at pag ikukulong biglang magkakasakit at upo sa wheelchair.” [The neck collar brace is gone. Instantly healthy… That is what scientists should research on, how healing can instantly come after being freed and why upon imprisonment one gets sick suddenly and in need of a wheelchair.]
“I hated GMA but I respect the supreme court ruling. Lack of evidence naman pala. Ang tagal din siya nadetain ah.” [She got detained for quite some time ah]
The high tribunal voted 11-4 to grant Arroyo’s demurrer to evidence and junk the Sandiganbayan’s ruling which set the motion for her trial on allegations she misused P366 million in funds belonging to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The 11 who voted to acquit Arroyo were Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita de Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Francis Jardeleza.
The four who dissented were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Justice Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa.
Meanwhile, GMA’s camp said, as per a story by Manila Times, that the SC ruling validated that the charges against Arroyo are “nothing more than disingenuous attempts at political persecution by a corrupt and inept Aquino administration.”
GMA, in a Rappler article, sent her heartfelt appreciation to the SC justices and the new administration for “allowing due process to take its course totally unhampered.”
“First and foremost, to God Almighty be all the glory and praise,” said Arroyo. “Through His kindness and mercy, justice and righteousness have once again prevailed over injustice and wrongdoing.”
GMA’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, said as per a Pilipino Star Ngayon article, “Thank God. We’re very happy. They took away six years of her life. An innocent woman.”
— Ian Cruz (@_iancruz) July 19, 2016