GMA lawyers cast doubt on star witness

STAR WITNESS. Former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas testifies that former President Arroyo ordered Ampatuan Sr to ensure a 12-0 victory for her senatorial slate in Maguindanao in 2007. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

Lawyers of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have established that Norie Unas, the star witness in Mrs Arroyo’s electoral sabotage case, did not personally witness actual cheating in the 2007 senatorial elections. During cross-examination on Thursday, June 14, Unas, former Maguindanao provincial administrator and right-hand man of Ampatuan, said, “I have not seen how they did it but I know they are doing it.” Arroyo’s lawyers tried to establish he did not have personal knowledge of actual cheating in the 2007 elections. Unas testified in connection with Mrs Arroyo’s bail petition.

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