Arroyo wants Ombudsman's 1st resolution on plunder case

Posted at 11/20/12 1:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Monday urged the Office of the Ombudsman to produce its first resolution on her Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) plunder case.

Arroyo, in a 7-page motion, said the Ombudsman's first resolution is vital to proving her innocence in the plunder case filed at the Sandiganbayan.

Her lawyer, Anacleto Diaz, said the first resolution was made by a panel of investigators that conducted a preliminary investigation into the issue.

Diaz, in a press statement, said they have received information that the first resolution did not find any basis for plunder.

“Accused GMA intends to present the Resolution of the Panel as evidence for her defense, among others. She received information, and so alleges, that the findings of the panel are materially different from the findings and conclusions of the Ombudsman in her review joint resolution in that unlike the latter, the panel found no sufficient evidence to support the crime of Plunder charges under the present information,” he said.

Deputy Special Prosecutor Cornelio Somido and Director Mary Susan Guillermo, as well as lawyers Joaquin Salazar, Nellie Golez and Roque Damian Dator were part of the first panel of investigators.

Arroyo's camp claimed that the first panel's recommendations were rejected by Ombudsman Conchita  Carpio Morales.

Diaz said Ombudsman failed to attach the first resolution that was the subject of the review resolution produced by the second panel of investigators.

He said Section 10, Rule 116 of the 2000 Rules of Criminal Procedure allows the accused to ask the court to produce material evidence in possession of the prosecution.

He also cited Section 7 of Rule 112 of the Rules of Court that covers records of a preliminary investigation.