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Palace assures Mrs. Arroyo of due process

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Malacanang assured former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of due process in the ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for her alleged involvement in massive corruption during her administration.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte was asked if the Palace supports speedy inquiry on the allegations against Mrs. Arroyo so that appropriate charges could be filed against her.

“What we would prefer is that the DOJ goes step-by-step on the process. At this point, we are already being accused of political persecution but, on one hand, you also have comments that we are too slow in prosecuting,” Valte said.

“We want to assure that whatever cases are on the table will go through the proper process, will go through due process and that the rights of whoever is being accused of anything are afforded and are protected,” she added, noting they don’t want half-baked investigation results.

At the same time, she said they want to fend off speculations that the administration is sitting on the cases against the former president.

“Gusto lang po natin talaga masunod yung tamang proseso,” she added. Charging Mrs. Arroyo in court could bolster the government’s resolve in issuing a hold departure order to prevent her from leaving and seeking asylum anywhere.

This week, President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed his full support to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima’s decision disallowing the former president to travel abroad to seek medical help.

He said the government was willing to shoulder the expenses of flying in medical specialists to look into Arroyo’s medical condition to ease the former president’s need to travel.

The DOJ on Tuesday denied Arroyo’s request for an Allow Departure Order for lack of merit. She was also reported seeking asylum in the Dominican Republic.

By PNA/PIA9-ZBST




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