Friday, November 25, 2011

Under SC grilling DOJ Sec Leila De Lima et al stand down from aggressive words used in Arroyo arrest

Department of Justice officials are now back-pedalling on aggressive and pointed words they had used in describing their recent actions surrounding the arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on charges of "electoral sabotage" allegedly perpetrated in the 2007 senatorial elections...
During [oral arguments on the countersuit filed by Arroyo's legal team], Associate Justice Roberto Abad asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in open court to clarify a statement published in the press attributed to her where she apparently vowed that the former president would be behind bars by Christmas.

De Lima claimed the statement was made by Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes and claimed they “had been misquoted,” a usual excuse being made by public officials, despite the fact that they had indeed uttered such statements, following Aquino’s statement while he was abroad that the cases against the former president will push through by November this year.

The proceedings will continue on Thursday (Dec 1) next week.

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