Arroyo camp mulls quick way out of PCSO plunder case

Posted at 05/15/14 10:39 PM

MANILA - The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may ask the Sandiganbayan to finally drop the case on the alleged plunder of P360 million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

Modesto Ticman, Arroyo’s lawyer in the PCSO case, said they are now studying filing a demurrer to evidence before the Sandiganbayan since the prosecution was not able to pinpoint the former president as one of those who benefited from PCSO's intelligence funds.

A demurrer to evidence can be filed after the prosecution rests its case. The court may then go for dismissal on the ground of insufficiency of evidence.

Ticman said this may be their next move instead of presenting their own witnesses.

He said not one of the 13 witnesses presented by the prosecution was able to pin down Arroyo.

He said the former president may have signed documents relating to the PCSO funds, but this does not necessarily mean she pocketed public money.

Meanwhile, Ticman said they still have a pending bail petition on the ground that the former President is not a flight risk since she is sick.

Arroyo is on hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.