After 8 months detention, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was out on bail yesterday (7-25-12) after a Pasay City RTC judge granted her bail on the ground that the electoral sabotage case filed against her was weak. However, her co-accused former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos, former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol and several others are still held in jail.
It was only the lone testimony of Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas which implicated the former President in the case. There were no other corroborating testimonies.
With this turn of events it could be assumed that if Mr. Garcillano, in the “hello garci case” with more than one witness against him and was not even charged in court, there is reason to believe that the other accused may also be out on bail on the same ground as Mrs. Arroyo’s case. And it will not be surprising if they all will earn their innocence over time especially with the very slow grind of the judicial wheel in this country. The time will come when people will lost their interest in the case that conviction and acquittal will no longer make a difference.
This is indeed a serious setback in PNoy’s efforts to make his predecessor accountable for her (their) alleged wrongdoings and crimes against the Filipino people.
I think PNoy should learn his lesson this early – that popularity alone will not jail the grafters, saboteurs and plunderers. He should tell his ‘chasers’ to build solid or water-tight cases against these people. He should also remember that even if these people no longer wield power they are not totally out of the power circle. Their ‘tentacles’ are deeply entrenched not only in the executive and legislative branches of government but also in the judiciary. Remember Mrs. Arroyo was in power for nine (9) years.
While it may be easy for the nine-year achievement of the Arroyo administration to be outshined by PNoy’s in only the first two years of his term, I am afraid that the damage she had allegedly caused is far more difficult to handle than beating the few good marks of the Arroyo administration.
Time and again, people are expecting that the ‘big fishes’ should rot in jail, otherwise, its worst consequence is when the people shall become one in saying that any administration seems to be helpless in the fight against graft and corruption.
Don’t you think that the PNoy administration should better outshine past administrations in this aspect?