By Mario F. Fetalino Jr.
NOW that a case has already been filed in court against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and a hold departure order has been issued against her, barring the embattled official from leaving the country has become legal.
Unless she is allowed by the government to leave the country for humanitarian reasons, Arroyo must now stay here and answer the election sabotage case filed against her in court by the joint Comelec-DOJ panel.
But something tells me that Arroyo may eventually win the case because it was filed in haste. As we all know, haste makes waste.
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While preventing Arroyo from leaving the country has now become lawful, the process that paved the way for it remains questionable.
The Department of Justice did not follow the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court against the watchlist order of the DOJ against Arroyo.
While Justice Sec. Leila de Lima claims that the arrest of Arroyo was a triumph of justice, there was clearly an injustice committed against the former president.
Ironically, it’s like winning an election through fraud.
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After what the DOJ did to the Supreme Court, how does one now regard the highest court of the land?
It doesn’t take a lawyer to understand why the Supreme Court was named as such and what will happen if its power and authority are not recognized.
The present administration was highly expected to put order in the country. But sadly, it seems to bring chaos that will linger for quite a long time.
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The ‘fixation’ of the Aquino government on Arroyo has made the President forget his other important promises to the people.
The promises include the freedom of information, justice for victims of extra-judicial killings, daang matuwid, and better life for the poor.
Is President Benigno Aquino III really going to spend six years in Malacanang just to prosecute and convict Arroyo?
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Even Aquino’s ally, Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, is dismayed over the failure of the President to live up to his words before he sat in Malacañang.
Before he won the presidency, Aquino vowed to bring justice to victims of the Maguindanao Massacre. Two years had already passed and the victims of the atrocity are still crying for justice.
In contrast, this government was able to rush the filing of a case against Arroyo and proudly declared it as a triumph of justice.
This supports Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ claim that the Aquino government is selective in administering justice and in using its power and authority.