Arroyo plunder - updates

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Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

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Apr 20, 2017 - 8:39 PM

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SC upholds Arroyo's acquittal in PCSO plunder case

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The High Court s affirmation is the latest blow to the Ombudsman s bid to hold accountable personalities in the PCSO fund scam

BELATED BIRTHDAY GIFT. The SC's affirmation comes two weeks after Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's 70th birthday where she is photographed here, on April 5, 2017, happily welcoming supporters. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-PCSO GM Uriarte seeks court permission for medical exam

Nov 27, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Rosario Uriarte who faces plunder charges stemming from the alleged misuse of PCSO funds wants to undergo a biopsy for a lump in her right breast

SUSPECTED TUMOR. A defendant in the P366-million plunder case filed in 2012 against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan for permission to undergo medical examination. Rappler file photo

Estelito Mendoza: ‘Oppressive’ Ombudsman probing Arroyo again

Jul 22, 2016 - 8:04 PM

I think that is very very dismaying and if not shocking says Mendoza one of the lawyers of former president Gloria Arroyo

'OPPRESSIVE' OMBUDSMAN? Former solicitor general Estelito Mendoza calls for a press conference a day after his client ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed from hospital arrest. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jul 21, 2016 - 8:08 PM

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Gloria Arroyo walks free after nearly 4 years

Jul 21, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED Former president Gloria Arroyo is released from hospital arrest two days after the Supreme Court cleared her of plunder

CLEARED. With her acquittal, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can now fully perform her duties as congresswoman of Pampanga's 2nd District. File photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

SC dissenters on Arroyo plunder case: There was conspiracy

Jul 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Dissenters Chief Justice Sereno and Associate Justice Leonen say PCSO fund releases diverted to the Office of the President would not have been possible without Arroyo s approval

Erap: Arroyo 'likely' victim of political persecution

Jul 21, 2016 - 11:56 AM

Former president now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says he can relate to former president Gloria Arroyo

SYMPATHY. Former president now Manila Mayor Joseph 'Erap' Estrada says he can relate to the experience of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Rappler file photo

Ombudsman looks into new plunder complaint vs Gloria Arroyo

Jul 20, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says they will challenge the Supreme Court s recent ruling which dismissed the 4 year old plunder complaints vs former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

GUILTY. Ombudsman Conchita Caprio Morales maintains that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is guilty of plunder based on the evidences they presented. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: Relatives, allies visit Gloria Arroyo after acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s guests include her son Mikey her lawyers and her political allies

Lawyer Raul Lambino takes a photo with his client former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after she is acquitted of plunder. Photo courtesy of Lambino

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Jul 19, 2016 - 7:56 PM

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Lawmakers react to SC ruling on Gloria Arroyo case

Jul 19, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Here s what the country s lawmakers are saying about the acquittal of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

epa03344307 Former Philippine president and current Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends a session discussing a proposed reproductive health bill at the House of Representatives at Congress in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. 06 August 2012. The House of Representatives on 06 August is scheduled to decide on whether to finally end the debates and pave the way for lawmakers to vote on second reading of the proposed bill. The reproductive health bill aims to make condoms and contraceptives available to the poor, provide educational programmes on family planning and offer sex education for pre-teens. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

De Lima on SC's Arroyo ruling: Why wait for change in admin?

Jul 19, 2016 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED What s happening? Why did they have to wait for the change in administration to issue that ruling? says senator and former justice chief Leila de Lima

COMPLIANCE. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will be complying with a Senate order requiring her to submit a soft copy of pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy's digital records. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

TIMELINE: Gloria Arroyo – from plunder to acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Here s what happened since a plunder case was filed against the former president in 2012 in relation to the alleged misuse of PCSO funds

WHEELCHAIR. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo enters the Sandiganbayan court in a wheelchair during a 2012 hearing. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Arroyo camp: Acquittal proves 'political persecution' by Aquino

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio says the Supreme Court ruling shows that the Aquino administration was merely harassing its political opponents to cover up its gross lack of accomplishments

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo (R) waves to photographers from a vehicle after appearing in court for her arraignment in Pasay City, suburban Manila, on February 23, 2012. Arroyo was expected to plead not guilty in her first court appearance since being charged with rigging the 2007 senatorial elections and faces life in jail if she is convicted. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

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May 24, 2016 - 1:18 PM

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Binay's birthday wish for Arroyo: Good health and freedom

Apr 04, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The former president who is detained for plunder charges celebrates her 69th birthday on April 5

SC allows Arroyo to spend birthday at home

Mar 15, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s birthday furlough is for 3 days from April 4 to 6

FURLOUGH GRANTED. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Supreme Court: No Arroyo plunder trial until April

Mar 11, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The High Court extends for another 60 days the suspension of the former president s trial over the alleged misuse of state lottery intelligence funds

TRIAL HALTED. The Supreme Court extends for a second time the suspension of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's trial for plunder before the anti-graftf court. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Grace Poe: I'll let courts, doctors decide on Gloria Arroyo

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Kahit na sino pa nasa kulungan na may tunay na kahinaan o sakit kailangan bigyan ng konsiderasyon says the senator

What has happened to the Arroyo plunder case?

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Oral arguments set for January have been set aside to make way for the Poe disqualification case Does the entry of veteran lawyer Estelito Mendoza make a difference?

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Jan 16, 2016 - 3:29 PM

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Arroyo plunder trial on hold until February 2016

Nov 24, 2015 - 4:27 PM

The Supreme Court extends its status quo ante order for 90 days

Estelito Mendoza: Sandiganbayan 'created' new plunder law

Oct 29, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Veteran lawyer Estelito Mendoza accuses the anti graft court of exercising legislative powers to create a new offense

SC halts Arroyo plunder trial for 30 days

Oct 20, 2015 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED In the meantime the Solicitor General is required to comment within the usual 10 days

GMA to seek anew court's nod to attend 9th day of mourning

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:52 PM

The Sandiganbayan rejects an earlier request that former president Arroyo be allowed to attend the last day of mourning for her brother Arturo on August 19

YOUNG MACAPAGAL. Arturo Macapagal is photographed in this 2003 file photo. Photo from Newsbreak

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Jun 16, 2015 - 12:28 PM

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Arroyo wants house arrest in Pampanga

Apr 23, 2015 - 7:31 PM

The former president says her provincial residence is around 200 meters away from a police station

PETITION. Former president and incumbent Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeks house arrest. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Apr 09, 2015 - 8:22 PM

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Arroyo seeks house arrest

Apr 08, 2015 - 7:10 PM

The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo cites a precedent case – the anti graft court allowed former President Joseph Estrada to be confined in his house in Rizal

HOLISTIC APPROACH. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says a more holistic approach in her treatment is needed for speedy recuperation. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Roxas defends Aquino, Arroyo plunder, MayPac ad | The wRap

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Interior secretary Mar Roxas defends President Benigno Aquino Plunder charges against Gloria Arroyo moves to the trial stage The Mayweather Pacquiao ad is out

Arroyo's trial for plunder to proceed

Apr 07, 2015 - 1:34 PM

The anti graft court denies the former President s demurrer to evidence She now has the burden to present counter evidence for her acquittal

DENIED. The Sandiganbayan denies former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's demurrer to evidence in her plunder case. File photo by AFP

Arroyo wants acquittal from plunder, cites 'good faith'

Aug 27, 2014 - 8:50 PM

The former president says the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that she conspired with officials to personally gain from charity funds

Aquino: Gov't may re-file fertilizer scam case vs Arroyo

May 12, 2014 - 3:57 PM

The President clarifies that his administration will not file a frivolous case just to harass anybody We will go where the evidence points us to

CLEARED. Former president Gloria Macagapal Arroyo remains to be under hospital arrest. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Sick? No bail for Arroyo, says court

Feb 20, 2014 - 10:28 AM

The Sandiganbayan affirms its earlier ruling that the ex president should not be granted bail on the basis of strong evidence against her

File photo of Former Presiden Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. AFP file

Sandiganbayan denies GMA bail petition

Nov 06, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Because of this ruling the former President and now Pampanga congresswoman will spend her second Christmas in detention

File photo of Former Pres GMA

Graft court denies Arroyo's motion for separate trial

Aug 16, 2013 - 6:35 PM

Holding separate proceedings for former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s plunder case could delay resolution the graft court says

File photo of Former Pres GMA

Court grants bail to Arroyo's co-accused in plunder case

Jun 07, 2013 - 11:34 AM

Plunder is a non bailable offense but the lawyers argue that their clients are entitled to bail because the prosecution failed to present evidence to sustain the allegations

GRANTED: Sandiganbayan grants former PCSO, others bail in plunder case. File photo

Arroyo seeks bail in plunder case

Jan 18, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Arroyo says she is willing to post any amount of bail that the graft court may deem sufficient

Sandiganbayan junks Arroyo plea to drop ZTE case

Jan 08, 2013 - 7:06 PM

The Sandiganbayan rejects the Arroyos motion to drop the plunder case over the botched NBN ZTE deal

CASE PROCEEDS. The Sandiganbayan rejects the Arroyos' motion to quash the plunder case against them over the botched NBN-ZTE deal. File photo.

Prosecutors seek Interpol help in arrest of Arroyo's co-accused

Nov 13, 2012 - 3:31 PM

Government prosecutors seek Interpol s help in arresting the 3 of the co accused of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

2 Arroyo co-accused plead 'not guilty' to plunder

Oct 15, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Prosecution asks court to cancel passports of former PCSO generl manager Rosario Uriarte

Arroyo asks court to defer arraignment

Oct 12, 2012 - 11:50 AM

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is set to be arraigned for plunder on Monday

Ex-PCSO chief, deputy surrender

Oct 05, 2012 - 9:32 AM

Two of the 9 co accused of former President Arroyo in a plunder case surrender to the police

Arroyo vs RH bill, attends 'dry run' for vote

Jul 31, 2012 - 6:30 PM

Even as president former President Gloria Arroyo has always opposed the RH bill

Plunder hearing vs Arroyo tomorrow, July 26

Jul 25, 2012 - 11:10 AM

The Sandiganbayan sets on July 26 a hearing on former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s plunder case

Arroyo plunder trial an 'ordinary case' - Sandiganbayan

Jul 20, 2012 - 11:52 AM

The plunder case against Arroyo was filed in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office PCSO intelligence funds during her administration

Arroyo lawyer: 'Dark day for rule of law'

Jul 16, 2012 - 6:15 PM

Arroyo counsel Anacleto Diaz says the plunder case against the former president is politically motivated

GMA, 9 others charged with plunder

Jul 16, 2012 - 5:37 PM

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who marks her first birthday under arrest, waves to the media after filing a "not guilty" plea in relation to alleged electoral sabotage last February. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faces a P366-million plunder suit in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds under her administration. In 2011, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probed allegations that Malacañang diverted PCSO funds for election purposes. In January 2012, it recommended the filing of plunder and technical malversation charges against the former president and former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte in connection with the distribution of P325-M in confidential intelligence funds from 2008 until the lead up to the 2010 elections. The Senate committee found that Uriarte was unable to produce receipts and other liquidation documents to justify the use of at least P244-M of funds released to her. The plunder case was filed with the Sandiganbayan after it was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday, July 13. Besides Arroyo, nine other PCSO and Commission on Audit officials were also charged, including Uriarte; former PCSO chair Sergio Valencia; former PCSO board members Manuel Morato, Jose Taruc V, Raymundo Roquero and Ma Fatima Valdes; and former Commission on Audit (COA) chair Reynaldo Villar and former COA officer Nilda Plaras. This is the first plunder case filed against Arroyo.