GMA asks court to determine probable cause

Posted at 10/02/12 4:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines- Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo wants the Sandiganbayan to determine if there is probable cause in the plunder case against her, stemming from allegations she misused funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Her lawyer, Anacleto Diaz, said the evidence presented against Mrs. Arroyo so far has failed to establish probable cause that she committed plunder.

He added Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales prejudged the case when she told the media that they have a strong case against Arroyo.

"By making her public pronouncements before the Office of the Special Prosecutor issued and submitted its Resolution to her, the Ombudsman betrayed her clear prejudgment of the case and inability to decide the same with the required cold neutrality of an impartial judge," Diaz said.

"We have faith and confidence that the Sandiganbayan will live up to the ideals of the judiciary," he added.

Plunder is a non-bailable offense.