Comelec files motion for reconsideration on GMA’s temporary liberty

July 26, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, July 26 — The Commission on Election filed Thursday a motion for reconsideration before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court which allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to post bail.

The bail was in connection with the electoral sabotage charge filed against her in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2007 senatorial elections.

At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Comelec representatives went to sala of Judge Jesus Mupas of the Pasay RTC Branch 112 to file their 17-page motion for reconsideration signed by Atty. Esmeralda Ladra, a Comelec lawyer.

The Comelec requested a hearing on July 30 to discuss their motion for reconsideration to revoke the temporary liberty of the former president.

On Wednesday, Mupas, who allowed Arroyo to post bail, faulted the prosecution, saying they failed to provide evidence showing that Arroyo conspired with her co-accused in the case.

Mupas said in his seven-page ruling: “The only evidence presented by the prosecution that will link accused Arroyo to the alleged conspiracy is the testimony of Engr. Norie Unas whose credibility is seen by the Court to be tainted with doubt.

Unsupported by other evidence to corroborate such testimony, the same could not be given such weight and probative value that will be sufficient to establish a strong evidence of guilt on the part of accused Arroyo.

“Accordingly, accused Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is allowed to post bail for her provisional liberty in the amount of P1 million.”

Arroyo, released from hospital detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, then headed to her home at La Vista in Quezon City.

The 65-year old Arroyo had been detained at the VMMC since late last year after Mupas issued a warrant for her arrest and ordered her transfer to the government-run hospital from the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. (PNA)

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