More cases readied vs GMA – Palace

Posted at 02/08/13 3:32 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Friday said the government will file more cases against former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office said the Palace is not disturbed by the dismissal of cases against Mrs. Arroyo including the one over the alleged misuse of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) funds.

Carandang said these cases were not filed by the government.
“These are cases filed by people who are third parties. They may have not had the case build-up, the proper investigation. Some of the cases are actually quite weak when they filed by the other parties. So, let me just reiterate that what we should be looking at are cases that are being built up and developed by the government itself. And I can assure you that there are cases in the pipeline,” he said.

The Supreme Court earlier affirmed the dismissal of technical malversation charges against Mrs. Arroyo for the alleged misuse of over P530 million in OWWA Medicare Funds and US $ 350,000  from the OWWA Capital Fund.

In a 2-page minute resolution dated January 17, the high court's Third Division denied former Solicitor General Frank Chavez's petition that sought a reversal of the dismissal of the charges by the Office of the Ombudsman, and the reinstatement of plunder charges he originally filed against the former chief executive.

"Unless tainted with grave abuse of discretion, the judgments and orders of the Ombudsman shall not be reversed, modified or otherwise interfered with by the Court," the resolution read.

Chavez charged Arroyo with plunder before the Department of Justice (DOJ) but the department downgraded the charge to technical malversation. Subsequently, the anti-graft office junked the case against Mrs. Arroyo.

The high court agreed with the Ombudsman in: (a) dismissing the complaint against Arroyo, et al.; (2) holding that the transfer of OWWA funds to Philhealth is valid; and (c) the OWWA funds were used legally.