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SC maintains independence after Arroyo thanked Duterte for plunder acquittal

/ 06:46 PM July 10, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court on Wednesday assured the people that it would always be guided by the rule of law and remain free from any influence from the other branches of government.

Supreme Court’s Public Information Chief and Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka gave the assurance after former president and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for her acquittal of the plunder charges.

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Hosaka said he has yet to talk to Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin about Arroyo’s statement but he assured that no one can tell the Supreme Court how to handle or decide on a case.

“The public can be assured that the Supreme Court has and will always act independently, and free from influence from the other branches of government. The Supreme Court is guided by the rule of law and its decision are always based on facts, laws and reason,” Hosaka said.

“The decisions of the Supreme Court are open to the public, and we encouraged those concerned to read them so they can understand the reasons why they were decided that way,” he added.

In 2016, by a vote of 11-4, the high court granted Arroyo’s petition seeking the dismissal of her remaining plunder case before the Sandiganbayan for the alleged misuse of P366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

READ: Arroyo walks free after 4 yrs of hospital detention

The four who dissented from the majority ruling were then Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Benjamin Caguioa and Marvic Leonen.

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