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Clash over Arroyo

Rappler.com

NOT GUILTY? Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo entered a 'not guilty' plea in connection to graft charges.

Congress will not implement any suspension order that the Sandiganbayan may issue against former President and now Pampanga Rep Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. House majority leader Rep Neptali Gonzalez II said the law is on their side: a lawmaker can only be suspended by his or her peers. But the agency that is asking for Mrs Arroyo’s suspension disagrees. “That is his opinion…it is up to the Sandiganbayan to consider the motion,” asserted Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Mrs Arroyo’s suspension from her seat as Pampanga representative is being sought in connection with graft charges related to the botched NBN-ZTE deal.

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