Justice Peralta inhibits from Arroyo case in SC

Posted at 11/14/2012 6:13 PM | Updated as of 11/14/2012 6:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court was supposed to issue on Tuesday a resolution on the case filed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo against the Sandiganbayan for proceeding with the hearings on the alleged plunder of P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

It was learned today that the reason for the delay was the inhibition of Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, who got the case after it was raffled to his office last week.

Peralta told reporters on Wednesday that his brother-in-law, lawyer Cornelio Aldon, served as counsel for former PCSO Board of Directors Raymundo Roquero during the Senate investigation involving the alleged PCSO fund scam.

Roquero is one of the respondents in the present case before the Sandiganbayan. Roquero also brought the case before the SC.

Any resolution on Arroyo’s case will be tackled anew next week.

Last week, the high court issued a halt order for one of Arroyo’s co-accused. The ruling created much confusion, however, with the public information office of the SC interpreting the halt order to mean also covering Arroyo and other respondents.

The SC’s third division, however, only took into consideration the petition of Commission on Audit -Intelligence Fund Unit head Nilda B. Plaras.