No Christmas furlough for Arroyo, 3 coaccused

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Former President Gloria Arroyo: ‘Not a flight risk’. AP FILE PHOTO

The Sandiganbayan on Wednesday denied separate petitions of detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and three others accused of plundering charity sweepstakes funds for a Christmas furlough.

A nine-page resolution of the antigraft court’s First Division said there was lack of merit in the motions of Arroyo, now a representative of Pampanga, former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairman Sergio Valencia, former PCSO board member Manuel Morato and former PCSO Budget Officer Benigno Aguas to leave their hospital detention quarters and spend the Christmas and New Year holidays with their families.

Arroyo, currently on hospital arrest at Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, had sought the court’s approval to celebrate the yuletide holidays in Lubao, Pampanga, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7 next year.

The court rejected her petition, saying it would be a display of partiality if her request was granted. To do so would also negate the very reason why the court allowed her to stay at VMMC, “for if she could already travel to Lubao, Pampanga, and stay in her house there for three weeks, there is no reason for her to be confined in a hospital,” it added.

The court was also not convinced that there would be no therapists to attend to her at the military hospital.

The court cited the same reasons for rejecting the motions of Valencia, Aguas and Morato.

The court did not agree with Morato’s contention that his detention amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.  Morato’s detention is but a consequence of being charged with a nonbailable offense, it said.

“Besides, the arrest and temporary detention of accused persons, as well as their detention by reason of illness requiring their confinement in a hospital, is not considered a penalty,” the court said.

Arroyo and her coaccused at the PCSO are charged with plundering millions of pesos from the state charity fund during her term from 2001 to 2010.

Her allies deplored the Sandiganbayan’s decision, saying Arroyo was a former president and an incumbent lawmaker, and not a security flight risk.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said her allies in the House, some 23 lawmakers, visited the former president on Tuesday. He said Arroyo still looked thin and frail but was not wearing her neck brace during the get-together.

Arroyo reportedly gave out letters to her allies to thank them for continuing to stand by her.  With a report from Leila B. Salaverria

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    Have you noticed how all of the 4 accussed are all somehow confined in hospitals suffering from imaginary ailments! ONLI IN DA PILIPINS!

    • Facilitator1

      Kabayan, the PHL Justice System is tilting MORE on the side of the RICH and FAMOUS. Oh, I forgot to include the POWERFUL. That’s the NO-KIDDING feedback to your observation. 

      Our unfair, unexplainable social/civil culture is not only unique and prevalent in our Justice System but also in our daily lives. Have you ever noticed, if a RICH or VIP-looking person enters a RESTO (either fine dining or not), more than like than not, the manager or supervisor and /or his/her staff will do “whatever it takes” to please him/her? Sometimes, it borders silliness. But that same, outstanding customer service isn’t afforded to just an ordinary-looking Juan/Juana Dela Cruz. 

      IMHO: the accused and his/her allies/sycophants can shout at the top of the voice that they’re INNOCENT until proven guilty and legally speaking, they’re absolutely right. But to me and many others, it’s a small consolation knowing that they received some form of retribution/sanction for their perceived crime.

      BTW: Limiting their personal liberty or the feeling of inconvenience is already a CRUEL and UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT for the RICH, FAMOUS, and POWERFUL…PEACE…Merry X’mas…

  • Barak_O

    merry christmas mam dyan sa hospital

    hayaan mo kung nakulong kana

    saka ka na pwede magfurlough

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    Ang suwerte niya!  Non-bailable ang offense niya…pero, hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin siya maparusahan, dahil so concern sa sa kaniya ang court…sabi nga ni Cong. Suarez, still ‘looked thin and frail’…mabuti naman at wala nang nababanggit sa life-threatening illness niya. at wala na rin ang neckbrace niya…sana naman magpatuloy na libre siya against any life-threatening illness kahit sa next court hearing sa kaso niya.

  • hustlergalore

    wow. gloria is in the pink. LOL

  • EdgarEdgar

    Our Lady of VMMC, forever cute and cuddly, prettier than pink.

    We love you GMA!

    • Barak_O

      kawawa naman tong loyal na to

      dalawin mo si madam para itulak tulak mo ang kanyang wheelchair

      • EdgarEdgar

        But we really love GMA!

        We were just in VMMC last Tuesday. We did some landscaping, had some afternoon tea and played some mini golf. Our Lady of VMMC is living the good life. Dolce Vita.

      • Barak_O

        that’s good to hear

        she’s well and there’s no need to go abroad

        perhaps it’s time to call her our lady of qcj or mcj?

        take your pick

      • EdgarEdgar

        that’ll never happen.

        the Filipino people will be against it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJLTJQBSNUX42Y7TAJE2ESGTAE emilio

    Not allowing arroyo to go home during xmas is inhuman, she should have special priviledge,being president at one time. I would suggest as a win win situation that She be allowed to go on leave and let her husband be detained instead, anyway both of them are innocent , in the eyes of the bishops.
    If this will happen, I have two acquaintance in death row who will also want to enjoy the same priviledge. They are the incoming and outgoing president of the “death row association”, and being president has its priviledge.

    • RONNIE858

      puntahan mo kaya si gloria mo at itakas? just giving you a hint!

    • zahraff

      GMA was a FAKE president. A non-bailable offense or any offense while incarcerated is not a reason to think or give FURLOUGH, whoever you are! The questionable continued stay of GMA at the Veterans Presidential suite instead of a regular prison cell is already to be considered a FURLOUGH, and talking about it is against the law, and giving in to such request is tantamount to “PARTIALITY” and a grave injustice to all inmates.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      A good place for her would be on Smokey Mountain, hand cuff to a garbage bin with her family, while observing the misery she contribute largely to increased.

      Believe me, this is already a Christmas gift, as some family victims will like to chain saw her the same way her Ampatuan’s protege did,

    • pcosmachine

      When Arroyo was STEALING BILLIONS. from her poor countrymen, did it ever occur to her that what she was doing was inhumane?

    • Justice Law

      OH SO JUSTICE HAS SPECIAL TREATMENT? I DIDN’T KNOW THAT! WOW!

    • divictes

      “…in the eyes of the bishops”…whose vision are blocked by illegally parked SUV”s.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

      i agree! papayag naman kaya si mike?
      btw, may conjugal visit ba sa vmmc? at sino naman kaya ang nagko-conjugal visit kay gloria?

  • Hey_Dudes

    At last the court have seen the light giving no furlough to this crook.  Let her sing I am in jail  for Christmas’  until she is black and blue in the face.  Please someone remind this crook the fat lady is about to sing and any pretense of being innocent is just about as good as hoping Pasig river will be full of fish.

  • charlie_oscar

    Why do people steal more money than they can possibly spend in a lifetime?  GMA is the type of person who would order 3 steaks, 1 pork shoulder, two kilos sticky rice, pancit and congee for breakfast for 2.  Then, she would make sure to throw away the left-over food…to MAKE SURE no  one was able to eat the scraps.

    • $37644997

      Most people think MONEY is the ultimate goal in life.The truth is how you live your life regardless of who you are-what you are,with money or no money.And be proud to present your self  that you made it with obedience of the Ten Commandments of God.

    • Kamatis Tomato

      So they have money to buy their place in heaven. Kanino napunta ang ninakaw na pera?

  • UrHONOR

    HUSTO na yon…..anak zapote, ilang taon din naman na ARAW-ARAW ay nag-PAPA-PASKO si pands sa Malacanang kung wala siya sa ibang bansa na nag-papa-pasko din.  TAMA na yong mga pasko na yon.  Tama na yong JOYFUL phase na yon…mahaba-haba na din yon.  Susunod na sa JOYFUL ay yong SORROWFUL.  The first station is St Luke’s.  Second is Veterans’.  Third is Munting’s.  Fourth is Iwahig.  Fifth is Himlayang Pilipino.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Fire all your alibi GMA with cohorts….kung pwede ilagay nyo sa reasoning to attend the burial of your father or alagang hayop who were died again….shame on you…Minsan ang tao nakakalimutan ang backlash pag nasa pwesto oh marangyang buhay…

  • Ommm

    All four are in the hospital ?? ….these must either be some fantastic odds or this country is giving special  treatment to white collar criminals because they steal very large and are politicians?

    Did all our hardened criminals in “real jails” also apply for a Christmas furlough ? Perhaps not as stealing a loaf of bread to feed their families is unforgivable. They should have defrauded millions so they could also enjoy this “country club prison”…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

      let’s check the guiness book of world records. malamang nandyan na yan.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Kung ayaw ninyo talagang pakawalan yang si Ms. Klepto sa kalabos kahit saglit para sa pasko, bigyan naman ninyo ng ‘kwitis’ at ‘rebentador” para naman meron siyang kaligayan bukod sa pagbibilang ng nakurakot.

  • calipso_2100

    3 points:

    The fact that she is asking for special treatment…

    1. This shows GMA does not deserve to hold public office. She is being detained and as a lawmaker she should know that she belongs in a detention cell.

    2.  She is a selfish, self-serving official.  Why not ask that all who are detained be given “Christmas breaks” as well?

    3.  She has unwittingly admitted that she does not have to stay in the VMMC.  If you can go out of the hospital and go home, why can’t you stay in a regular cell?

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Her out numbers victims are not any more there to complain for horrendous tortures delivered from sufferances by Palparan and a bunch of General’s deserving to be hang by the foot…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

      1. let her cabalen think it over kung gusto pa rin nilang pagtawanan ng kapwa pilipino
      2. that is asking that hell freezes over
      3. that is admitting she does not tell the truth

  • jr_06498

     Aba dapat naman, hindi payagan mag karoon ng christmas furlough si Arroyo, sino ba siya, kriminal na rin siya ngayon, at hindi dapat bigyan ng kakaibang pagturing sa katulad niya, hindi siya ordinariyong kriminal hindi sa iisang tao lamang, siya nagkasala sa lahat ng Pilipino.

  • pcosmachine

    Mrs. Little Girl, since your Big Fat husband has been named one of three Kings of Jueteng, you have also earned the titles of Queen of Electoral Sabotage and Queen of Plunder. And now you want to add Queen of Furlough to your titles. You are becoming too greedy and setting a bad example to your co-accused like Manoling “Kuya Germs” Morato. If you really want a furlough, your VMMC suite toilet has room for you to furlough.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    This are good News, waiting for more serious to come…

  • bgcorg

    Life, its protection, preservation and respect for it, is guaranteed by the Constitution and is a basic human right as speech, from want, and religion.  That is the reason why the right against summary execution is upheld and the reason why capital punishment is now outlawed.  Only God has the power over life and death, including infusing life on a fertilized egg which can move, swim and find its way to a suitable area in the womb of the mother to grow and become stronger.  That is the reason why artificial contraception that prevents the union of the sperm and the egg is anti-life.  Poverty should be tackled differently and directly, not by free condoms and contraceptives which are “cake” and not “bread.”  Has this government not committed a serious blunder? Let’s see…

    • Justice Law

      Well I’m sorry if you’re not suffering from poverty.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

      Connect? Your comment must be on the wrong article.

    • joshmale2004

      So what’s the connection with the subject at hand?

  • Don Dee

    Merry Christmas! Second good news in 2 days! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47CPJUE4QYKFUCKSUXK3LNBGI Allan

    after RH bill, a bill that will remove marcos and arroyo from the list of philippine presidents. i’ll introduce this bill the moment i become a tongressman, or senatong? i forget where i filed my candidacy and for what position. shucks, this senior moment is getting ahead of me again. 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    TAXPAYER MONEY

    Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters 

    five helicopters—all Robinson R44 Raven 
    with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair 

    GlorIa bribed to Mitsubishop and Safari
     Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who received a Mitsubishi Montero, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Rodolfo Beltran (Nissan Pathfinder), Abra Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian (Mitsubishi Strada), Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace), Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad (Mitsubishi Strada), Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace); and Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado (Isuzu Crosswind).

    Gloria Macapal-Arroyo spent a whopping P2.85 billion for foreign trips she made during her nine years in office.

    Ex Fake President Gloria Arroyo’s $20,000 worth of dinner @ Le Cirque, New York, USA

    2006

    FG in $20, 000 hotel suite!
    During Manny Pacquiao’s match with Erick Morales in Las Vegas, the First Gentleman LOLONG ARROYO allegedly stayed in a $20, 000-a-night suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and 

    PCSO tv campaign ads

    47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as 

    COMELEC chair

    48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses 

    from Australia worth P384 million.

    49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 

    times, son Mikey 69

    50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

    51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five 

    helicopters.

    52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

    53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

    54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

        The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of 

    the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian 

    revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

    56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from 

    PNoy’s social fund

    57. 50 MILLION PABAON GENERALS

        Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, 

    Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and 

    Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio  

    Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

    58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork.

    59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha 

    project—DOST chief 
    60.Fishers push plunder rap vs Arroyo in purchase of ice machines( overpriced at P455 million in 2009.)
    61.$225-million overprice of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), 
    62.Successor sues Pichay over P2.3-B fund mess
    63.Noli De Castro P6.6 billion pesos Pag-ibig Fund scam.
    64.Arroyo execs pocket P15-B from bridge scam

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Former  Pres. Arroyo , corruption and many 

    more..

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors 

    (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 

    Million)

    6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 

    Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings

    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

    12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) 

    (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15.  Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

    16.  NAIA-3

    17.  Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18.  Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states

    20. EURO GENERAL’S

    21. CALAMITY FUND SCANDAL.

    22.  C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ 

    Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

    25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

    26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

    27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy 

    Ampatuan 

    28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties 

    from 2002 to May this year.

    29.LACSON ACCUSED FG MIKE ARROYO OF SELLING 3  REFURBISHED 

    HELICOPTERS TO PNP AT P105 MILLION EACH

    30. 600,Thousand metric tons of Rotten rice imported from 

    India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to 

    Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for 

    the rice importation. 

    31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 

         70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit 

    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy 

    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown 

    San 
    Francisco.

    32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of 

    two franchise bills

    33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in  

    advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to 

    P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for 

    Arroyo’s achievements.

    34. The report said the PIA received from the Department 

    of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations 

    amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 
    million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

    35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political 

     enemies

    36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of 

    extra judicial killings of militants

    37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo 

     critic, Cory Aquino

    38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of 

     Pag-Ibig

    39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park  

    Administration.

    40. MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT of an Arroyo,RENATO CORONA, as SC 

    Chief Justice

          200+ other illegal midnight appointments

    41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California

    42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like 

    Ninoy’s murderers

    43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek 

    presidential clearance before testifying in Congress 

    hearings

    44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency 

    in 2004

    • joshmale2004

      Pre kahapon ka pa hinahanap ni poltergeist sa post mong ganito. Miss na daw niya.

      • ztefertilizerscam9

        siya ba si Elena sungay?

      • joshmale2004

        Not sure. Poltergeist Fuhrer user name pre. ANTI siya. Hehehe. absent ka kasi kahapon sa Bicameral report.

      • sam_aquino

        @joshmale2004:disqus – parekoy, pag absent si @ztefertilizerscam9:disqus  , copy-paste mo lang mga posts nya, pwede na, ganun ginagawa ko to shut GMA fanatics mouths… di ba zte???  hehe…

      • joshmale2004

        good idea bro.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) or more is a PLUNDER
    Sec. 2. Definition of the Crime of Plunder; Penalties. – Any public officer who, by himself or in connivance with members of his family, relatives by affinity or consanguinity, business associates, subordinates or other persons, amasses, accumulates or acquires ill-gotten wealth through a combination or series of overt criminal acts as described in Section 1 (d) hereof in the aggregate amount or total value of at least Fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) shall be guilty of the crime of plunder and shall be punished by reclusion perpetua to death.  Any person who participated with the said public officer in the commission of an offense contributing to the crime of plunder shall likewise be punished for such offense.  In the imposition of penalties, the degree of participation and the attendance of mitigating and extenuating circumstances, as provided by the Revised Penal Code, shall be considered by the court.  The court shall declare any and all ill-gotten wealth and their interests and other incomes and assets including the properties and shares of stocks derived from the deposit or investment thereof forfeited in favor of the State.  [As Amended by Section 12, Republic Act No. 7659 (The Death Penalty Law)]  (Click here for old provision of Section 2, of Republic Act No. 7080)

  • joshmale2004

    The allies of GMA contend she is not a flight risk. Really? She was almost able to escape last year if not for the defiant De Lima.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Nakakulong si GMA, sa scripted charges. Pero si Michael Ray Aquino at Ping Lacson, laya – kahit sila ang na pinpoint ng pamilya ni Dacer at Corbito.

    • Don Dee

      Uy, meron ka palang alam na hindi alam ng korte. Sige mag file ka ng motion to dismiss  para ma-correct ang grievious error na ito. Ano pang hinihintay mo? I-prove mo sa korte na “scripted” lang ang charges kay Gollum Gloria.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      scripted? ARE YOU INSANE!?

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    2001

    ‘Payola’ for FG

    Barely had President Arroyo warmed her seat when the first in a series of scandals involving the first family erupted. Correspondence secretary Veronica “Bing” Rodrigo accused first gentleman Mike Arroyo of taking a P50-million bribe in July 2001. The bribery was said to be for President Arroyo to recall her veto on two franchise bills. The first bill involved the Philippine Communication Clearinghouse which sought a franchise to operate a clearinghouse where telco firms were to interconnect for a certain fee. The second bill granted APC Wireless Interface Network a franchise to build a wireless telecommunication system nationwide.

    The companies were allegedly owned by Jaime Dichavez, a close friend of former President Joseph Estrada, who allegedly used Pacifico Marcelo as his dummy. According to Rodrigo, a woman named Malou Nuñez from the office of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office under Gabriel Claudio approached her, inquiring about the request to veto the bills.

    Rodrigo is a friend of the president, having been classmates in grade school and high school. Their parents were close friends.

    PCSO funds for admin candidates’ campaign

    In October 2001, Roberto Rivero, former consultant of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO), claimed that the first gentleman used almost $5 million of PCSO funds to finance the campaign of some senatorial candidates and to bribe radio commentators. President Arroyo asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate her husband. The PCSO denied Rivero’s accusations. When asked by the Ombudsman for evidence, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who exposed this, was unable to present any.

    Years later, in May 2007, another former PCSO senior executive, Cirilo Avila, said the funds were made to appear as payment for ad placements but were really used as People Power Coalition (PPC) campaign funds. Avila narrated that the PPC requested the funds and manager Ver Angelo took it up with the board. The request was approved.

    Nani Perez’s ‘extortion’

    Four days after assuming office, Arroyo awarded a $470-million contract to Argentine firm Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona Sociedad Anonima (IMPSA) to rehabilitate a power plant in Laguna. A few months later, former Manila Representative Mark Jimenez, the man who brokered the deal, accused Justice Secretary Hernando Perez of extorting $2 million in exchange for a justice department opinion that favors the deal.

    Jimenez told Senator Lacson that the entire amount was actually $14 million: Perez received $2 million, the National Power Corporation “boys” got $1 million, Malacañang was given $4, and $7 million went to Jimenez.

    In April 2008, the office of the Ombudsman, headed by Merceditas Gutierrez, filed graft charges against Perez, his wife Rosario, Ernest Escaler, and Ramon Antonio Arceo Jr.

    But the graft and robbery charges were junked by the Sandiganbayan in November 2008 as the Ombudsman failed to expedite the complaints, making Perez immune from the charges, indirectly acquitting Perez.

    The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas

    President Arroyo agreed to be the godmother of alleged jueteng boss Bong Pineda’s son. In an interview with Time, she said that she sought advice from Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin who said, “The sins of the father are not the sins of the son.”

    Later events revealed the nature of Arroyo’s ties to the Pinedas. In 2005, during the height of the Senate probe on the “Hello Garci” scandal, Army Capt. Marlon Mendoza quoted Virgillio Garcillano and said Pineda gave P300 million to fund Arroyo’s presidential bid in 2004.

    Another witness, Michaelangelo Zuce, nephew of Garcillano claimed that Pineda’s wife, Lilia Pineda, handed out envelopes containing P30,000 each in January 2004 during a party hosted by the president in her La Vista home in Quezon City.

    Profit from anti-poverty bonds?

    Conceptualized by the Caucus of Development (Code-NGO), the PEACe bonds (Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificates) were issued by the government supposedly to help raise funds for the anti-poverty activities of its member organizations. But there were allegations that Code-NGO used its political connections to profit P1.4 billion in a series of transactions from the PEACe bonds worth P35 billion pesos.

    Code-NGO was chaired by Socorro Camacho-Reyes, sister of then Finance Secretary Jose Isidro Camacho. Camacho-Reyes denied, in a Senate hearing, that her brother helped him.

    Silencing the Marines

    Rear Adm. Guillermo Wong, then Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy, exposed irregularities in the Philippine Marines’ procurement of equipment worth P3.8 million.

    This did not sit well with Marine officials. Then Armed Forces chief of staff Angelo Reyes offered Wong another post, chief of the Northern Command, practically demoting him. This forced Wong to resign.

    When asked to comment, President Arroyo said Reyes had done “the right thing.” Fresh from retirement, Reyes was immediately appointed defense secretary.

    A foul deal

    In 2007, the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC, formerly Construction Development Corporation of the Philippines or CDCP) and Radstock Securities signed a compromise agreement obliging the PNCC to pay Radstock P6.2 billion in the form of: 19 pieces of real estate properties; 20% of the outstanding capital stock of PNCC; and 50% of PNCC’s share in the gross toll revenue of the Manila North Tollways Corporation for 27 years.

    Senators Sergio Osmena III and Franklin Drilon cried foul because it disposed of almost all the assets of PNCC, a company acquired by the government after President Marcos forced government financial institutions to exchange debt owed to them by the company for stocks.

    The deal, they said, gave Marubeni/Radstock preferential treatment over other bigger creditors, particularly government. As of December 2002, the PNCC owed the government through the Assets Privatization Trust P41.39 billion, according to the Commission on Audit, and has pending liabilities amounting to P6.9 billion, a bulk of which was from the Philippine government.

    2002

    Overpriced Macapagal Boulevard

    Sulpicio Tagud Jr., then board director of the Public Estates Authority (PEA), exposed the P600-million overprice of the construction of the GSIS-funded 5.1-kilometer President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in the Manila Bay reclamation area. The contracts were approved during the Estrada administration and were given to three companies: Shoemart Inc., DM Wenceslao, and Jesusito D. Legaspi Construction (JDLC).

    A series of supplemental contracts with JDLC were later approved by the PEA board under the Arroyo administration that increased the original approved cost of their section of the highway. According to Tagud, while the SM group of companies constructed its part of the boulevard at P54,000 per lineal meter, JDLC built its section at P302,000 per lineal meter.

    Arroyo asked PEA and the Government Service Insurance System officials to submit a full report on the project to Presidential Legal Counsel Avelino Cruz

    The garbage contract

    The Jancom controversy involved a $360-million (P18 billion) incineration project in which the Jancom Environment Corp. (JEC) would burn 3,000 tons of Metro Manila garbage a day for a tipping fee of $10 per ton. During his term, President Ramos did not approve the contract and President Estrada likewise debunked it because JEC raised the tipping fee from $10 to $59 per ton.

    Despite the passage of the Clean Air Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (both banned the use of incarcerators) , the Supreme Court declared the contract valid in April 2002 in a decision penned by Justice Jose Melo.

    Mismanaged funds

    Issues on mismanaged funds by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the GSIS caught the public eye in 2002. PAGCOR had been experiencing negative cash flows that bloated to P850 million in 2003. A Pagcor manager gave three reasons behind the financial difficulties: ‘onerous’ contracts, profligate spending, and massive, mindless donations.

    GSIS president and general manager Winston Garcia ordered its units to stop the processing of claims and loan applications because of financial difficulty. The Kapisanan ng Manggagawa attributed the financial problems to the following: Garcia’s cash advances amounting to P3.4 million, the establishment of district offices worth P4 million each, and the appointment of outside legal counsel for P200,000 a month.

    Garcia allegedly used GSIS money to purchase Juan Luna’s Parisian Life painting. Likewise, Garcia was said to earn P540,000 a month and appointed some 130 vice-presidents who earn P70,000 a month. There were allegations that GSIS contributed at least P100 million to the campaign funds of Pres. Arroyo. Garcia was retained in his post despite appeals from GSIS employees.

    FG as OFW envoy

    In December, President Arroyo designated Mike Arroyo as an OFW envoy so he could represent her in the countries she could not visit. However, critics assailed Arroyo’s announcement when they learned that his activities as OFW envoy would be funded by a proposed overseas workers legal assistance fund. They feared that the Arroyo couple would use the funds for her 2004 campaign. While theFAKE  President did not recall her husband’s designation,

    Naia’s Terminal 3

    In 2002, Transportation Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez obtained overpriced subcontracts for public works projects related to the terminal. Among these is Wintrack Builders Inc., owned by Alvarez, which bagged a site-development project.

    Piatco was also accused of paying huge sums of money to Alfonso S. Liongson, PR consultant and said to be an associate of the First Gentleman, for permits or supplementary agreements to the contract. In 2003, Arroyo revoked Piatco’s build-operate- transfer contract and the government took over the airport in 2004. After almost a decade, the airport was partially opened in 2008.

    2003

    Rotten rice!

    In February 2003, Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla revealed that 600,000 metric tons of rice imported from India were found to be rotten and moldy. Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.

    Anthony Abad, head of the National Food Authority, had to dispose of some P2.2-million worth of moldy rice stocks and tried to dispose of the remaining sacks in order to recover at least P2.5 billion.

    Undeclared wealth in San Francisco

    Since she got elected in 1992 as senator, Arroyo had failed to declare in her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth the properties her husband Mike Arroyo bought in San Francisco through his California-based LTA Realty Corporation. According to Newsbreak, Mike acquired, resold, and managed at least five properties with a total value of at least $7.1 million in the Bay City from 1992 to 2000. The First Couple said the properties were bought in trust for Ignacio or Iggy Arroyo, Mike’s younger brother.

    Mikey Arroyo’s imported horses

    In August, news broke out that presidential son Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo planned to import 32 thoroughbred horses from Melbourne, Australia worth P384 million (at P12 million per horse). Mikey denied the allegation but admitted that he was in the horse-trade business.

    He owns Franchino Farms along with cousin Franchino Pamintuan and friend Ralph Mondragon

    Jose Pidal accounts

    In August, opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson accused First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo of money laundering: he allegedly siphoned off at least P321 million in campaign funds and contributions and put these in a secret bank account under the name Jose Pidal. He also supposedly used the names of his aides in three other accounts. According to Lacson, among the donors was then Rep. Mark Jimenez who gave P8 million. Arroyo’s younger brother, Iggy, came forward and admitted he is Jose Pidal.

    Oakwood mutiny

    Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes’ alleged involvement in selling arms and ammunitions to guerilla and bandit groups moved 300 young officers and enlisted men of the AFP to rebel against the government in July. Reyes was forced to resign a few weeks later. The rebel soldiers were detained.

    The 321 armed soldiers apologized for the failed rebellion. In 2004, 133 of the soldiers were freed. Capt. Nicanor Faeldon, one of the alleged leaders, escaped in December 2005. Four other leaders escaped after Faeldon did. Faeldon was captured in 2007 but escaped again a few months after.

    Reyes, since then, has held other Cabinet posts: environment secretary and energy secretary.

    Congress vs. Supreme Court

    The clash of the two co-equal bodies was all about the billions of pesos in Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) and how it was spent. The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and its allies in Congress, peeved that they were being ignored by the Supreme Court, went after Chief Justice Hilario Davide. They almost impeached him.

    President Arroyo acted on the controversy only when it reached crisis proportions. She was balancing between competing interests: her political support from Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco’s NPC and Davide’s tenure on the Court.

    2004

    The super-rich general

    In December, Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia’s son was apprehended by US Customs officials at the San Francisco airport for carrying $100,000 in undeclared cash. AFP Chief of Staff Narciso Abaya asked Garcia to explain and transferred him to another position.

    Later in the year, US Customs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation transmitted to the office of Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo a list of the amounts that General Garcia had brought into the US from 1993 to 2003, which was estimated at P71 million.

    In October 2004, Garcia was charged with violating Articles of War 95 (conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman) and 96 (acts prejudicial to good order and military discipline) for failing to declare all his assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and for possessing a US green card. In April 2006, the military court sentenced Garcia to a two-year confinement without pay and allowance and dishonorable discharge. Garcia also faced graft charges in the same court.

    In February 2009, Garcia’s sons, Juan Pablo and Ian Carl were indicted in the US with one count of conspiracy to commit bulk cash smuggling, failing to file a report of monetary instruments, and making false statements to a US government agency. The sons were placed in US custody until proven innocent. On the same month, Garcia was found guilty of misdeclaring his assets and liabilities in 2000. He was acquitted from two other perjury cases.

    On June 2009, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Garcia of the last perjury case, saying there was no proof that the retired general lied in his 1997 SALN. However, the retired general is still facing plunder and forfeiture cases in the Sandiganbayan and is still being detained in Camp Crame.

    No bidding for Northrail

    The Northrail project started during Ramos’s administration but it was only in February 2004 when Finance Secretary Juanita Amatong entered into a credit loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China. The agreement granted the Philippine government a $400-million loan facility to finance the construction of the project.

    Critics said the interest rate on the loan per annum (3%) is much higher than the rate on other loan packages that the Philippines could have availed itself of. China National Machinery and Equipment Corporation was designated as the prime contractor for the project without public bidding. The Senate probed the issue but the hearings were stalled in 2005 after Malacañang issued EO 464, requiring Cabinet members to seek presidential clearance before they could testify in congressional hearings.

    Fertilizer fund scam

    The controversy started when President Arroyo was accused of using fertilizer funds for the 2004 election. The fund, worth P728 million, fell under the Ginintuang Masagana Ani Program. Jocelyn Bolante, agriculture undersecretary and regarded as the architect of the fund, left the country and sought asylum in America. He came back to the country in 2008 and faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

    Bolante told the Senate that (1) he does not know who nominated or recommended him to be an agriculture undersecretary, (2) it was former Agriculture Secretary Luis Lorenzo who requested the release of the funds, (3) the fertilizer fund was valid and legal and was approved by the DA, and that (4) when he left the department in August 2004, 91% of the fertilizer funds had been liquidated already.

    The committee recommended the filing of plunder and other criminal case against him and nine other persons but no case was filed. In January 2009, the panel who investigated the fertilizer fund scam submitted the proposed resolution to Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

    No reports on the investigation have been released from both the Ombudsman and the justice department. In March 2009, Bolante disclosed a plan to run either as governor or congressman in Capiz, Roxas.

    Philhealth cards for campaign

    Six weeks before the May 2004 elections, two lawyers filed a disqualification case against President Arroyo, saying she was behind the enhanced Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Greater Medicare Access or GMA program. Public funds were allegedly spent to enroll families in PhilHealth for one year. The premium cost of P1,200 for each family member was chargeable to PhilHealth and the PCSO. The IDs, bearing Arroyo’s picture and name, were coincidentally distributed during the start of the election campaign.

  • Paul Kyl

    What goes around comes around.
    The day will come when the gay Aquino gets locked up over similar charges.

    Just watch.

    • Don Dee

      If and when that time comes, if this president is guilty of plunder, trust me, we who celebrate the incarceration of Smeagol are not blind PNoy diehards. We hold this president to the same standards as all other presidents. Kung guilty si PNoy of corruption, we shall hold him accountable. Nay, we shall hold him to a much stricter standard. Pero sa ngayon, kaladkarin na sa city jail si Gollum Gloria. If she is well enough to go home, she is well enough to stay in her rightful place — city jail!

      • Facilitator1

        Exact same sentiments, kabayan…

    • vinzerx

      I doubt that would happen. Just the sheer number of Aquino fans would see to that.

      • Don Dee

        No such thing as PNoy fan. Yan ang pagkakamali ng mga diehard Gloria fanatics. Maglabas lang ng credible evidence of an impeachable crime and I assure you, we will stop supporting this administration. E ano so far ba ang ibinabato kay PNoy? Na siya ay nag yoyosi! That is how pathetic the opposition is. What the so called “fans” support is NOT PNoy but the idea of cleansing the government. Kung si PNoy is proven to no longer fit that bill, we shall kick him in the nuts. But for now, we continue to support an HONEST AND CLEAN GOVERNMENT. 

  • droccu

    “Her allies deplored the ….decision, saying Arroyo was a former president and an incumbent lawmaker, and not a security flight risk”….was it mentioned that the reason for denial was that she was a flight risk?

    • Don Dee

      Dapat kasi lagyan ng kadena ang kanyang dog collar para less of a flight risk itong si Smeagol.

      • Facilitator1

        Sabi sa report nung dumating si Cong Suarez ay walang suot na “brace” si ex-PGMA. Kabayan, paano lalagyan ng kadena kung walang dog collar? Pwera na lang kung diretso sa leeg. I know a lot of pipol will like to see that–menos gastos pa…PEACE

  • Adam_d_langgam

    Tatlong taon na almost si simeon d retard sa puwesto pero hindi pa rin matuldokan ang mga kaso ni Gloria. Dami ng kaso pag binasura ang isa iba naman. Ano na ang nangyari sa election sabotage sa Mindanao? Non bailable din yon. Ang Tagal naman. Hawak na ni retard ang judiciary, bakit wala pa din? Kung guilty, put her in jail and let her rot forever. If the government cannot cook the “proof of guilt” accept that the government is inutile and let her go.pag Tao ni abnoy, wala pang investigation libre na. Example? 2000 container vans na nawala sa pier at 1800 high end vehicles sa subic costing billions naglaho na parang bula under the administration of Alvarez. The billion peso “negotiated” contract by abnoy’s fair-haired boyfriend, puno. The nfa na binayo ni banayo. And retard’s idiot supporters are still smiling.

    • Don Dee

      The reason Gollum Gloria is asking for a Christmas furlough is precisely  because she is in “jail”.  She is given the privelege of “hospital arrest” because of her medical condition (which I believe is bullshit). But be that as it may, Smeagol is in fact IN JAIL, Get you facts straight.

      • Adam_d_langgam

        Ows .. Really? The reason she’s in “jail” is because the case filed against her is non-bailable. Was she found guilty? He he he . The facts are straight amigo. Sabi tuldokan na. If guilty, let her rot in jail. If Simeon d retard can kick the Chief Justice, certify as urgent the rh bill, increase the pork of the honourable s by 25 million with just his say so, what’s holding the guilty verdict on Gloria? Tagal na.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

        baka may alas si gloria sa kanya kaya di magawa gawa wahahahaha!

      • Don Dee

        It’s up to the judiciary. PNoy is the head of the executive. You are barking up the wrong tree. Cases have been filed by the executive branch. It is up to the judiciary to appreciate the evidence before them. Right now, the judiciary sees enough to temporarily incarcerate Smeagol. Hindi pa “guilty” ang verdict dahil meron naman right yun kabila to defend themselves. Kaya hindi pa tapos ang proseso. Pero right now, as I write this, she is, in fact, in JAIL. Are you suggesting i-kangaroo court na lang natin at ibitay ng patiwarik? Personally, ok lang sa akin yun. But that is not for me to say.

  • Beguine

    Why is this scenario constantly recycled and replayed?

    Gloria Arroyo asked for Christmas & New Year vacation away
    from detention last year.

    Denied.

    And now same thing.

    Denied again.

    This is not only funny but proof positive that there’s nothing doing about
    the speed of her conviction for her countless crimes; the whole thing is grindingly so slow
    and the wheels of justice are getting snagged somewhere deliberately or not.

    Speed it up now! Put her in a regular jail. Sentence her and husband Mike to life in prison,
    if electric chair not available.

    Don’t tell us she’ll be asking for Christimas & New Year vacation yet
    and yet again next year!

  • jojo webmail

    this is clearly a violation of her human rights!!!

    • joshmale2004

      How could there be violation of Human Right for her when her case is non bailable. She’s supposed to be in a jail but for Humanitarian reason was allowed hospital arrest due to her medical condition. What she is asking now is a privilege which she is not entitled to and not humanitarian request. If her medical condition require her hospital arrest, how could she still think to travel from Manila to Pampanga for a Christmas vacation when she has a medical condition that requires confinement. If she can do this, this proves she is medically fit to transfer to jail instead of a hospital.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      pano pag nagdemand din yung mga preso sa munti? gunggong ka ba!?

    • Don Dee

      Asus, human rights?! WTF? She is in fact given the privilege of hospital arrest! Kung yung mga snatcher ng cellphone hindi nabibigyan ng ganyang pribileyo, ngayon hihirit ka pa ng  human rights? Dapat talaga sa city jail itong si Smeagol para lumuha ng dugo mga supporter niya. Iyon ang nararapat sa mga PLUNDERER.

    • $20733759

      A right is something you can demand as a matter of course. What they were asking for is more akin to a privelege which may or may not be granted but in this case, it will set a bad precedent if allowed or given because of the peculiar circumstances of the case and the applicants… for others may demand for equal treatment. Kailangan pantay-pantay sa mata ng batas, ika nga.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      What about thousand’s poor Children’s in crammed jail,
      GMA the fake President corruptions victim’s ?
      “Dura Lex Sed Lex” The Law has to be the same for all, no Privileges !

      Instead I will suggest to emptied the jailed of Children’s, a Philippines well known shame, as a “Christian Pardon” Christmas Gift ?

  • chikko

    .

    As the saying goes, ” if you take a penny, you’ll pay; if you steal 50 million plus, you’ll go to jail.” but in the philippines, the penalty for taking somebody’s money for over 50 million is, they’ll send you to a government hospital. free of charge.  wow! …only in the philippines!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/47V2NNQMGKY5CX3NYEOE7SJWCU peter

    more fun in philippines

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6YY66XPT63YFGHDKYTMIO4CM Daniel

    The Sandiganbayan did not “consider” the position of being a former “President” of GMA to warrant an approval of her request. Correct decision!

    Besides, the legitimacy of being the duly elected President in 2004, is still shrouded with anomalies.

    To the minds of the public that comprise the majority of Filipinos, she is a “fake” President.

    The statement of Miss Susan Roces is still embedded in the air waves of consciousness of the masses that GMA stole the Presidency not once but twice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    bilib ako dito kay gma, tagal din ng buhay, masamang damo talaga… ok na ako kung makulong ka na lang…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q2OTHRY3DREIMJMK4VXT6UIPSA salvation phils

    Dapat sa mga plunderers na yan sa munti na ikulong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Magpatuloy kayo sa pagdurusa,GMA at Morato!
    Serge, magsabi ka na ng tutuo. Truth will set you free!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    In case she feel boring, Erap should visit her….

  • Your_King

    This decision and this entire case is nothing more than Aquino’s way of persecuting FPGMA for his own selfish reasons. He’s made his entire Administration about making FPGMA look bad and attacking her with cases that lack any evidence. Because of his popularity due to his national hero parents and his national TV celebrity sister, he’s managed to convince Filipino’s that somehow jailing FPGMA will solve the Philippines’ problems. This however is not true. This animosity between Aquino and FPGMA is just between them but Aquino has sneakily made it into a national issue.

  • disqusted0fu

    the persecution lives on… out of all the accusations against Arroyo, what have they proven so far? none, i believe. in fact, the cases are rather weak, in contrast to what the administration is claiming. it just so happened that Aquino is in power right now and he has appointed his people in the necessary positions to be able to pull this persecution off.

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