Justice Peralta inhibits from Arroyo case
MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta has inhibited from a P366-million plunder case involving former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Court sources said Peralta, who was supposed to pen the decision on the case, inhibited from it because his brother-in-law Cornelio Aldon used to be a lawyer of Raymundo Roquero, a former member of the board of directors in the Phillippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and one of the respondents in the plunder case along with Arroyo.
Now Pampanga Rep Arroyo was charged with allegedly misusing P366 million worth of intelligence funds of PCSO.
The Sandiganbayan has a not guilty plea on her behalf in October after she refused. Her lawyers said they are waiting for the High Court to act on their petition to stop and nullify the trial.
The SC did not grant her petition for a TRO, however. But it's still studying the merits of her plea that the case against her is illegal. Rappler.com