As expected, attacks on the grant of bail to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) surfaced even before she could get out of her hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
So in fairness to GMA, and for those who still believe that we’re in a democracy and should continue living in a democracy, let’s set the record straight:
Our law clearly states that an accused is PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY .Mrs. Arroyo HAS NOT BEEN CONVICTED by any court of the electoral sabotage case, and any other raps, she is facing.
It’s only Malacanang, a handful of government officials and a few groups who CATEGORICALLY AND CONSISTENTLY claim that she is guilty, corrupt, deserves to go to jail and the like.
For them, it’s guilty until proven innocent.
So to DEMONIZE her round-the-clock in media is not only being GROSSLY UNFAIR but more so being UNPROFESSIONAL and UNCHRISTIAN.
PISO ISANG MILYON, kung si Pnoy o sinuman sa mga tuta niya ang derechahang tatawaging corrupt o magnanakaw o anupamang panlalait, tiyak na magwawala agad at idedemanda ang may kagagawan.
For those who don’t know, the lone witness against GMA in the poll sabotage case ADMITTED that he ONLY OVERHEARD her asking former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. that she wants a 12-0 win for her senatorial bets in the 2007.
The witness admitted that he did not hear GMA CATEGORICALLY order Ampatuan to cheat,
For the plunder case recently filed against GMA by the Office of the Ombudsman, reports said the charge sheet DID NOT CLAIM or show proof that she pocketed the PCSO funds in question.
Enriching oneself by pocketing public funds is the top requirement for plunder.
Under the law, an accused has the right to file a motion for reconsideration (MR) within 10 working days if the Ombudsman resolves that a case must be filed before the Sandiganbayan.
The Ombudsman can only file the case if the accused did not file an MR or after the motion is resolved in a reinvestigation.
However, the Office of the Ombudsman filed the case without even informing GMA of its resolution and without giving her the chance to file an MR.
Kung sa inyo mangyari ito, papayag kayo? Tatahimik na lang ba kayo>?
I’m not saying that GMA is innocent. I will; never say that she is innocent. What I’ve stated are FACTS.
Until a court of law finds GMA guilty of anything, she does not deserve to be SWEEPINGLY called or described by any DEHUMANIZING NAME OR ADJECTIVE.
If ever she gets convicted, then by all means call her whatever you like.
But until then, she deserves the respect and courtesy ALL OF US expect from each other at any given time and place.
A person’s guilt is NOT PROVEN BY PRESS RELEASES ALONE. Malacanang is NOT THE JUDGE for who is corrupt or not. It’s the court.
We are a government, a country of laws and not of men. If the law will only be how we and the government want it, then we had better start a funeral for democracy.
And ask the New People’s Army to come down from the mountains, or welcome China or Russia with wide-open arms for their takeover of our country. 30
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