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Gloria Arroyos downfall actually started in July

November 21, 2011 122 Comments

By Rassa Robles
The Arroyo camp is complaining that the Commission on Elections and the Department of Justice railroaded and rushed the electoral sabotage case against her. The truth is the opposite of that. The evidence of Arroyos crime first came to light on July 11 this year and quickly unfolded from there.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former Muslim Autonomous Region Governor Zaldy Ampatuan share a meal in happier times

It all began when Zaldy Ampatuan a suspected mass murderer whom Arroyo

handpicked to be Governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) suddenly told ABS-CBN TV that his family helped rig the 2007 polls for Arroyo in their home province of Maguindanao. He claimed that as a result, Arroyos candidate Juan Miguel Zubiri won a seat in the Senate. During the Comelec counting at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Zubiri emerged No. 1 in Maguindanao province and won over 195,000 votes there. Gloria Arroyos senatorial bets won all the votes there while the opposition that then included Benigno Aquino III all got zero. Arroyos spokesman Raul Lambino said the accusation was self-serving. Ampatuan merely wanted to save his own skin. By offering to testify against Arroyo, he might evade being charged for the 2009 massacre

of 58 people, including 34 journalists, in Maguindanao, southern Philippines. At that time, Ampatuan had already been in a maximum security cell for two years trying to avoid arraignment for the mass murder. Ampatuans claim would probably have fallen by the wayside if another controversial personality had not surfaced three days later on July 13 and sang the same tune. Lintang Bedol, an election supervisor for the southern province of Sultan Kudarat and long wanted by the Comelec for cheating, suddenly gave an interview to ABS-CBN saying Arroyo cheated in the 2004 and 2007 elections. Two weeks later, the man whom Zaldy Ampatuan claimed was the main beneficiary of cheating suddenly resigned from the Senate. Juan Miguel Zubiri vacated his Senate seat on August 3 tearfully saying:
Without admitting any fault and with my vehement denial of the alleged electoral fraud hurled against

me, I am submitting my resignation as a duly elected Senator of the Republic of the Philippines in the election for which I am falsely accused without mercy and compassion. Kung may nandaya po sa 2007 elections, wala po tayong kinalaman diyan[If anyone cheated in the 2007 elections, we did not know anything about it.]

The candidate who had accused Zubiri of stealing the votes assumed Zubiris vacated seat and vowed to go after the mastermind of the cheating. Senator Aquilino Koko Pimentel III had actually fought a lonely four-year battle to unseat Zubiri from the Senate and claim it as his. Way back in 2007, he had accused two provincial election officials, Lilian Radam and Yogie Martirizar, of cheating for Zubiri. This is the same Yogie Martirizar whom I wrote about as having almost the same calcium deficiency disorder as Arroyo in my

piece entitled Gloria Arroyo stopped a woman, with an illness and a case just like hers, from leaving the country for four years After Zubiri resigned, Yogie Martirizar and Lilian Radam suddenly volunteered to become state witnesses. They signed affidavits admitting they had rigged the vote for Arroyos senatorial candidates and were helped by government forces in the cheating operation. They also claimed that Arroyos own election lawyer Alberto Agra whom she later appointed acting justice secretary defended them against the poll fraud charges. It was this domino of revelations which prompted Comelec to conduct a joint investigation with DOJ. Senator Pimentel immediately filed a complaint before the body, accusing Arroyo and others of electoral sabotage. He named Martirizar, Radam, Zaldy Ampatuan and Bedol as his witnesses.

Star witness Norie Unas

During the investigation, 14 election officials and one technician working on computerized voters lists testified. The star witness of them all was Norie Unas, Maguindanaos provincial administrator and the right hand man of Zaldy Ampatuans father, Andal Sr. Unas claimed he accompanied Andal Sr to a dinner with Mrs Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel inside Malacaang Palace shortly before the 2007 elections. There, Unas said Mrs Arroyo told Andal Sr. to produce a 12-0 result in Maguindanao (for her 12 senatorial candidates), even if you have to rearrange or change the results. To this day, Mrs Arroyo has issued no comment on the charges upon the advice of her lawyer. The Arroyo couples lawyers had agreed to submit their counter-affidavits last

Monday Nov 14. After that, the case would be deemed submitted for resolution. Instead of doing that, their lawyers asked the Supreme Court last Friday Nov 11 to void the probe because it was a kangaroo court. Then their lawyers told the panel that Monday Nov 14 to freeze the probe and wait for Supreme Court to act on their petition. The panel refused and Mike Arroyos lawyer Ferdinand Topacio stormed out and denounced the railroading of the investigation. He said the panel disregarded the affidavit of Andal Sr. totally denying Unas claims. Five days later on November 18, the Comelec used the panel results to file a complaint of electoral sabotage against Mrs Arroyo before Pasay City Regional Trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas, who then issued an arrest warrant that very night. The rest is history.

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Ate Moh Atenila says:

January 29, 2012 at 6:04 am

Mabuhay! I feel bless coming across this site, now I dont have to content myself with just opinion from Philstar, Enq., Nyt, thanks!! more power to you Ms. R.R.

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raissa says:

January 29, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thank you for reading. Pls. tell your friends and relatives about my site.

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Mel says:

January 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

Witness says IBP head got P.5M from Mike Arroyo in 2001 A former employee of LTA Inc., which is owned by the family of Jose Miguel Mike Arroyo, has surfaced with a story of a decade-old incident wherein he said he was given P500,000 by Arroyos comptroller, Ma. Victoria Vicky Toh, for deposit to Libarios bank account. The whistle-blower said that in coming forward, he only wanted to help President Benigno Aquino III bring justice and order to

the country. I do not ask for anything in return; nobody promised me anything or instructed me to make this narration, he said. Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:05 am | Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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Mel says:

January 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

Finally, they may have found the smoking gun. After continuous investigations into all sorts of wrongdoing allegedly perpetrated by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Senate blue ribbon committee has finally

found a case that apparently directly links her to the alleged crime. When grilled by the [Senate blue ribbon] committee, Uriarte said that the documents facilitating the allocation of the ridiculous CIF requests went through Malacaang from 2008 to 2010, and the documents bearing either Arroyos signature or her initials were signed by the former president right in front of Uriarte. Source: PDI Editorial (12:36 am | Sunday, January 22nd, 2012) Caught red-handed? Reply
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Dominic John says:

January 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hi, kudos to your writings now I am hooked to your site I am a Malaysian married to a wonderful Pinoy living in Calbiga all countries have their crooked leaders it,s people like you who have to check and balance ,please keep it up and all the best. Best regards Dominic

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raissa says:

January 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks, Dominic for being concerned about my country.

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pilipinang 2nay says:

December 28, 2011 at 1:03 am

come to think of it, when g arroyo made her state visit in the UK some years back and she was only met by low-ranking government employees, i would have to say that it was literally a slap on the face. kahiya talaga. esp

since a few months later, queen elizabeth herself feted to a state dinner a south african head of state. non pa lang nakakahiya na yon. the truth is, nobody respects her, not foreign governments, and certainly not by her people. her supporters are made up of mostly political stooges who have benefited from her financial largesse over the years. problema lang, it wasnt her own money she was giving away.

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raissa says:

December 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Really? Interesting.

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joselin kobayashi says:

December 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

Ms. Raissa maraming salamat sa yong articlesI forgot the time and was glued reading for straight 5 hours. Sana patuloy kang magbibigay ng accurate information lalo na sa mga tulad kong narito sa labas ng bansa. Stay safe and more power. God bless you.

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raissa says:

December 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thank you for reading, Joselin

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chizmozangfroglet says:

December 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

obviously naghahalunkat ako sa blog mo Ms. Raissa nasanay siguro kasi ang mga filipino na mabagal ang justice sa Pilipinas kaya ngayon na mabilis na nakakasuhan ang mga may sala parang gulat na gulat ang lahat. sinasabing minamadali ang kaso, nagpapapogi, nagmamagaling hehehe

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Dominador Reyes says:

December 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Very informative and straight to the core of the issue. I just accidentally saw your blog

and will follow you from now on. Keep on keepin on!

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raissa says:

December 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for reading.

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Windy says:

December 10, 2011 at 5:32 am

Eto pa isang kawatan Mr. President. Paki imbestigahan lang Pnoy para talagang makulong ang lahat na kawatanwalang favoritism: The TRUTH about SCTEX (Subic-ClarkTarlac Expressway, that runs through Hacienda Luisita) is that Hacienda Luisita or the Cojuangcos was paid by the government P80 million for the right of way for 83 hectares of land that was made part of the expressway. The issue is also one of overpricing, because the P80 million translates to P100 paid by the government to

Luisita for every square meter of land ROW, at a time when the selling price of farm land in Tarlac was only from P6 to P8 per square meter. Therefore, the Luisita land paid for by the government was overpriced by at least P92 per sq.m On top of the P80 million, government also used P170 million of taxpayers money to construct a road interchange that connected Luisitas private road to SCTEX. Other private companies like Mamplasan, Asia Brewery, Greenfields and Southwoods paid the government so their properties would be connected to the South Luzon Expressway. These companies paid the Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) P241 million each for the interchanges that connected their properties to SLEX. So how come it is the opposite with Luisita? Instead of Luisita

paying the government for the interchange that connected Luisitas private road to SCTEX, it was the government that paid Luisita. The overpricing has been confirmed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) during a congressional hearing. But it was not the government alone that got a raw deal from the SCTEX project. The poor farmers who had been toiling at Luisita for decades also got a raw deal. As the supposed owners of 32.5 percent of Luisita, the farmers should have gotten at least P25 million of the P80 million ROW payment. Instead, they were only given dividends ranging from 50 centavos to P1. A House committee investigation established that Noynoy used his influence as a congressman in 2004 to have the original route diverted to Luisita which at that time

was largely inaccessible. In fact, Noynoy served as the proponent of the SCTEX project that directly benefited his family. The congressional hearings elicited the fact that Noynoy used his influence as a legislator not only to push the SCTEX project, but specifically the inter-connection of Hacienda Luisita to it, at a huge cost to the government and the taxpayers. The net effect of Noynoys machinations is that from its original estimate of P18.7 billion in 1999, the SCTEX project cost was adjusted to P21 billion in 2004 and, by the time it was finished, the cost had ballooned to a whopping P32.808 billion, or twice its original price. Noynoy made sure he was present in most meetings related to the construction of SCTEX. To show their disdain for the congressional committee investigating the

SCTEX scandal, Noynoy and the Cojuangcos ordered Luisitas security men to bar congressmen from making an ocular inspection of the Luisita road interchange. The government funded the P170-M interchange, but the representatives of the people were prevented from visiting the site. While all this was going on at Manila Hotels Roma Ristoranti, Noynoy was somewhere else in the hotel with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, having just come from the unveiling of his mothers monument nearby. In fairness to him, Somebody was sent to look for him so he could reply to these accusations, but the messenger was unsuccessful. ================================== ============================== Panawagan ko kay Chief Justice Corona ay, sana maging matatag kayo. Huwag kayong patatalo sa Malacanang. Isa ka sa iilan na

lang na malaking tinik sa lalamunan ni Penoy. Hayaan mong magdusa si penoy dyan sa tinik na yan. Please dont give up for the sake of our country. This deranged president and his minions are harassing and bullying you so you will give up and so they can have complete control of our country. God put you where you are to fight evil. Be strong for all of us!

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Blanche says:

December 10, 2011 at 5:34 am

Yes, Mr. President, please investigate this.

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raissa says:

December 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

Dear Windy, I give you the right to express your own opinion even on my blog. But why do you register as another person named Blanche.

You and Blanche have the same IP address. Do you have a split personality?

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Arsenio Reyes says:

December 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

Ms. Raissa, Probably Windy and Blanche are different persons using the same laptop? Anyway, it may be improper as you said. They must answer your question, otherwise,

I myself am wondering about the reason or motivation. As for the SCTEX matter, It would be certainly appreciated if you have some info, data or facts regarding the discussion above. Thanks and regards,

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raissa says:

December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I would have to restudy the matter.

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leona says:

January 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

HAHAHA! huli ka! how Shameful! Now, Windy or Bianchi or whoever you are, just lost your remaining credibilityto ZERO! Another meaning of IP is identified person. Very good Ms. Raissa!

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al says:

December 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

I cant believe myself glued to your article my first time ever. Boy, youre good. It really is an eye-opener and very credible. Carry on! I do expect more personalities to come to light and when it does, I believe democracy is still breathing in the Phil, promising a new dawn. But its not over until its over. Nevertheless, I am seeing a silver lining in the horizon already. Hats off to you Raissa. Cant wait for your next.

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raissa says:

December 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for reading. Try the other articles these are like prequels to what happened before the electoral sabotage case. http://raissarobles.com/2011/11/23/part-1-themaguindanao-massacre-was-a-deadlyquarrel-within-arroyos-camp/ http://raissarobles.com/2011/11/24/part-2why-did-gma-treat-ampatuans-as-rebels-notsuspected-mass-killers/ Reply

Edgar says:

January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Yes..Raissa is the best. Im addicted to reading her blogs and the comments that comes with it.. Thanks again Raissa.. keep up the good work! More power to you!!

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raissa says:

January 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

Thank you, Edgar. I would very much appreciate it if you can recommend my site to your friends and relatives. Even enemies.

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Captain badjao says:

December 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I salute Raissa for her meticulous way of search. It is nice to have a journalist like you at this modern age. SAD TO SAY THAT

MOST OF THOSE IN HER PROFESSION ARE JUST DOING THE OPPOSITE AND VERY IRRESPONSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO REPORTING. YOU HAVE MY STRAIGHT 4 HOURS OF READING

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raissa says:

December 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Thank you for reading, Cap

Its my small contribution to the building of a nation. The only way I know how.

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Jun says:

December 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

And the only way you know Madam Raissa pushes the small fires within me not to stop dreaming to finally have a better country.. our beloved country.. The Philippines. I look forward to the day when all these corrupt people spend the rest of thier lives in jail or

better follow footsteps of the late Sec. Angelo Reyes.

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Sammy says:

December 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Mam Raissa, this is not a small contribution, your blog is an eye opener to many silent readers like me who do not have the avenue to voice out your sentiments. I just found this thru abscbn.com and since then, I got hooked reading your posts. Mam Raissa, may our humblest and sincerest prayers

protect you and be your strength to carry on Orchids to you and to all the brilliant journalists out there:-)

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raissa says:

December 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Thank you, Sammy. You can help by sharing my posts with your friends and relatives. I would really appreciate that.

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max flores says:

November 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm

ano ga naman arehis there anything new? this will be another white washed tomb in the history of Phil politics..iisa lang ang talo mga PILIPINOthe laughing stock of the world

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giovanni says:

November 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

The first time I came across with this article, I sensed it was worth reading. I like the way you narrate inasmuch it crystallizes my understanding on such very important issue. Journalist like you Raissa is what the country and the Filipino need. You deserve to be a part of the press or media. Without good media, democracy would be in jeopardy. Afterall, the media is the Achilles heel of democracy. More power and mabuhay po kayo!

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mickey says:

November 25, 2011 at 1:54 am

i am very much impressed by your article raisa, its very informative and sheds light about the whole thing in the Philippine political scenario, that once we have had a sham leader. POOR PHILIPPINES!!!. Its an awakening for all of us!! We, the Filipino citizens should not be apathetic (just like the church coz they lure each other, shame on them!) I hope our history teaches us a lot of lesson. GMA is using her position, knowledge/education CROOKEDLY!. Sad Thanks Raisa Kudos!!!

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MALYN says:

November 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Ang sabi ni Sen Bongbong Marcos, bakit ang bilis kinasuhan si GMA, pagka pala gugustuhin eh kayang gawin sa. pinalabas ng Pasig RTC yong disisyon na may probable cause ang kasong electoral sabotage na isinampa ng DOJ Comelec fact finding. at noong ding araw na yon Friday Nov. 18 nag issue ng warrant of arrest. para kay GMA . okey ito yong totoo noong panahon ni GMA ,kapag kumuntra ka at may nagsasagawa ng Against sa Arroyo Government wala ng mga due process kulong agad. tulad ng nangyari Kay Sen. Trillanes, at mga sundalong Magdalo, Gen. Lim, Col. Querubin, at 28 sundalo na ikinulong sa Tanay. kapag may mga anomalyang ginagawa ang kaalyado ng Administrasyon bawal humarap sa mga

senate inquiry. ITO ANG KASABIHAN KUNG ANO ANG TINANIM AY SIYANG AANIHIN, AT ANG MAGTANIM NG HANGIN AY BAGYO ANG HAHARAPIN.

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Roco Batungbakal says:

November 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Wow, the graphics perfectly compliments the article. It paints a clear picture of the events. Thanks God, there are brave people like you who is not afraid and puts put efforts to help build a better country for our children. I felt helpless every time I hear another atrocity committed by the Arroyos and his

allies. With your article I see how Arroyo intends to evade arrest, and thanks to the firmness of DE Lima. She now must answer for all her crimes. Thank you.

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net says:

November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

oh thanks to your hubby also. buti yung tag team nyo maam marangal, di tulad noong mag-asawang nunal at masiba, mga hangal.

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net says:

November 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm

now, this is what chronology of events is. yung mga bayarang boom box ni arroyo puro panggugulang lang ang alam, ang labo pa ng pinagsasabi sa media. pathetic pala talaga ang mixture ng paawa lalo na kung wala kang charm at mas lalo naman kung sinungaling kang talaga. kulang na lang, magha-house to house sila para maawa ang tao sa mga kawatang mandaraya. maswerte lang talaga sila dahil ang supreme court mismo, abogado nila ang forever legal but never moral coronarroyo court.

thanks for making this very reader friendly, madaling intindihin ng mas nakararami.

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raissa says:

November 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

For making this reader-friendly, you will also have to thank my hubby Alan. Hes my editor. Usually, my articles dont need editing. But in this particular piece, I needed him to take a look and he made me remove a lot of

details that got in the way of the chronology

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MALYN says:

November 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Ang sinungalin, mandarambong ay kapatid ng magnanakaw di dapat pagtiwalaan ang taong may kaakibat na ganitong sakit , walang doktor na kayang gumamot ng ganitong klaseng karamdaman kahit tumakas at magpunta pa sa abroad para magpagamot

tulad ni GMA at Mike Arroyo kita, nyo na wala man lang maawa sa kanilang sitwasyon kahit nasa ospital na. Tandaan NAKAKAAWA ANG KONDISYON NG ISANG TAONG ANG ITSURA AY NAKAKAAWA SUBALIT WALANG MAKUHANG MAAWA.

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Arnel Tungcul says:

November 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Hi Ms. Raissa, Im so impressed with your articles. I hope that all of the journalists here in our country have the same thoughts like you, or should I

say brave enough like you to expose or reveal the truth. I really enjoy reading your articles. More powers and may God bless you always.

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Ernie S says:

November 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Hi Ms. Raissa, I am enjoying every bit of your intellectual articles and subsequent come-on comments from everyone. My favorite Cristianne Amanpor, formerly chief international correspondent at CNN who gained a reputation for being a fearless

reporter once said this. There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesnt mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing. I couldnt agree more. I am looking forward for more of your upcoming articles for sure. Kudos to ABS-CBN for finding a gold mine named Raissa Robles, and for that. . . Thanks for sharing her with us.

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WYHAJ says:

November 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

CONGRATS..

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Bernadette Brizuela says:

November 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

Nilapastangan niya ang batas while she was in power and it is the same batas thats going after her. Arroyos camp is calling it political persecution. They may refer or call it with other names but the bottom line is GMA and her cohorts should be held answerable for the electoral sabotage filed against her. Going out of the country is just a ploy to trick the Flipinos to escape from prosecution. NO TO MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS ABROAD!!!

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YAD BISLIG says:

November 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

I dont really find pleasure in reading yet you had me stay on your site for 6 straight hours. the record of incidents and events is remarkable. good researcher and writer, Raissa. Keep it up! Ill be your regular from now. Thank you for all of these information.

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raissa says:

November 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

Youre welcome.

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Vic says:

November 23, 2011 at 2:40 am

Dear Raissa, i came across your site just recently and am impressed with your great work in investigative journalism. This recent article outlining the sequence of events leading to the current scenario really helped me understand why GMA & FG wants to

leave quickly only at this time. I bet that if you write a book, it would be a bestseller! Will be looking forward to it!

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raissa says:

November 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

Thank you, Vic. Il keep that in mind.

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Silver says:

November 23, 2011 at 12:34 am

Great article. Thank you for writing about the chain of events that led to the airport and Topacios promised castration brouhaha. Keep on writing. I will keep on reading too. Have a nice day.

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raissa says:

November 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

You too.

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Gregoria V. Febrer says:

November 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Thank you Ms. Raissa sa mga issue NA binunyag mo ngbuong tapang.sana makamit

NA nation any katarungan dito sa Indonesia pinagtatawanan nil a angmga anomalyang nababasa nila. Sanay magpatuloy ka pa sa pagsasaliksik ng mga kawalanghiyaang ginawa ni Gloria.More power and god bless you.

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shell says:

November 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

if i remember well, former president Gloria gave light to the issue of her meddling with the comelec during elections is when she went to national television and said Im sorry refering to the hello garci tape. gma and

whoever her adviser is during that time made a bigtime mistake

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PhoenixRising says:

November 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

reading these comments gimme an earful smile ahehehh! but, thanks raisa for a very incisive reporting of the background, context and substantial issues for someone out here in arizona enjoying the rough and tumble of the 99% movement, it is heartening to hear whats the truth about

what really matters in our native homeland keep it up and MABUHAY!

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raissa says:

November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

Thank you. Keep reading, pls.

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christopher says:

November 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

actually raissa if you will notice lahat ng magkakaso/may kaso/nakasuhan ay nagkakasakit. isnt it we want change, then i think this is the time for thatthe downfall of the former president should be an example that not everyone is above the lawshe can set an example..the last dignified thing to doset a precedent

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 7:03 pm

You think she will? But youre right. They all get sick.

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lorna says:

November 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

that is what you call KARMA

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Reynaldo Ebreo says:

November 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Raissa, thank you for your accurate articles. Press people should inform the public of what is really happening in our country. Forget about our spineless politicians who owe so much their positions to gma. i gues gma stands for Galing Mandaya Ako.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thank you.

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Jojo Deles says:

November 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Context is so important for informed reporting. Thanks Raissa for substantial report.

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emmy says:

November 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Ang ganda ng pagkasulat at very informative. Salamat at malaking tulong ito sa ating mamamayan na sinusundan ang mga pangyayari sa ating bayan. More power Raiza and to the filipino people as well. Let truth and justice prevail.

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raids says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

My favourite writer with another truthful interesting article!

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Clemente says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Raissa, Thanks for sharing us (readers) how the chronicle of events led to her downfall.

No wonder theyre in hurry to get out of the country. Probably her lawyers sensed that the arm of the law is finally catching up with her. I dont feel any sympathy nor compassion at all I want her to pay for all the misdeed she did to the state and to the Filipino people. Thanks and more power to you.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Thank you, too, for reading.

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JBkronos says:

November 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

neither do i, her photo taken at the airport so reminds me of how she looked when she said i am sorry . . . i think i will only pity her and her family once i will not see defiance . . . but how can we expect remorse if they all believe that they have not committed anything . . . to ensure that that belief becomes the truth of all times was to ensure that all justices in SC are her appointees . . . are they not all the time heading to SC from where the expect relief

from her appointees? . . . really bad for the justice system . . .

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josephleyson says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

impeach those 8 justices in the supreme court if the nullify the comelec doj authority in filing the case.but the problem also are some senators who are jelly fishes like escudero, santiago, angara who opened their big cavities to defend arroyo and her cohorts.these are the senators who owe to arroyo favors.i do hope that these people will

disappear in the face of politics.if they are still around in the scene , philippines would still be lingering in agonizing poverty.

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Willeus Acuna @ Life Insurance

Philippines says:
November 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I hope more cases are filed by next week as promised. While GMA is still presumed innocent until proven guilty, the evidence against her is growing stronger by the day. Her boat is sinking but she cannot be counted out because she has eight Supreme Court justices seemingly in her corner. Lets wait

until the convictions and final appeals are fully resolved before we can officially call it her downfall.

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WYHAJ says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm

great job, thanks for the said info for GMA as written in the bible GREED is one of the capital sin so its not good at all and im so sorry for your present predicament.if you have at least followed the Words of GOD this will not happened to you. maybe you have done something good for the country BUT because of GREED.. . it was

overpowered by your misdoings and selfishness and you forgot your real role in the country being a public servant and NOT as a QUEEN or the BOSS or the owner of this country..

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Rey Garcia says:

November 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

Now this is a clearer one, an article worth sharing..

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Jeff Cruz says:

November 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

The writing on the wall is that her days are numbered. Very soon it will happen.

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Johnny Lin says:

November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

Noteworthy is the silence of Elena Horn, GMA loquacious spokesperson, right after she foul mouthed the lawyers of San Beda.

Her unrestrained orifice was bolted, not by Topacio with the shrinking balls

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JBkronos says:

November 23, 2011 at 12:27 am

and the missing godson . . .

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Boyet says:

November 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

Great piece. As you use your talent, more will be given to you. Gbu and stay safe.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thanks.

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PSANTOS says:

November 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thanks for this article chronicling the chain of events that prevented gma from leaving the PH.I hope those people who are still defending her will see the light and stop claiming the filing of charges were rushed.This case has been reviewed since August,past.She has to be stopped from leaving the country because it is obvious from her past actions that she is not coming back.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 8:30 am

They wont.

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karen says:

November 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

they already see the light actually they just cant resist it, ang kinang kaya ng nakaw na yaman ni glueria, kaya kita kita ng mga tagapagtangol niya, maambonan man lang kahit tira tira. maniniwala ba tayo na libre mga talents ng mga rahrah boys and girls ni glueria?

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kaloyz60 says:

November 22, 2011 at 6:01 am

glorias silence in all this speak volumes. but conscience never give you peace of mind. now depressed. tomorrow.the unthinkable?

dont ever let her listen to the song ..suicide is painless.

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Evangeline Eriksson says:

November 22, 2011 at 6:36 am

Her only recourse now is the Angelo Reyes Way! If she does it she is guilty. If she doesn t do itdepression is more painful than she ever imagines. Her lying companies dont sell any story at all.

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karen says:

November 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

one report said glueria was suffering from diarrhea thats why she was on dextrose to prevent dehydration daw. i said nerbyos lang yan. go ahead glueria confess your sins! we are willing to listen, who knows baka mapatawd ka pa ng Diyos sa mga kasalanan mo

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NapO says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:02 am

the arroyo lawyers are brilliantly delaying the course of these proceedings in fact I am still waiting what the top notch counsellor Estelito Mendoza will say about the scenario of electoral sabotage tsk tsk

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keanleogo says:

November 22, 2011 at 4:25 am

Thought you might want to watch GMAs mugshots. Please click the following link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/98165/arroyofaces-more-troubles Reply
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rgm says:

November 22, 2011 at 4:12 am

Raissa is really an adorable columnist, Mabuhay ka!!!

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zahraff says:

November 22, 2011 at 2:10 am

Raissa, you are the best and a very fair journalist! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! For GMA to say : I am sorry for the HELLO GARCI, (2004 Election) what else does the camp of GMA wants for the evidence and President Noynoy Aquino getting ZERO VOTES (2007 Election). These two cases are very strong evidences to CONVICT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO RIGHT AWAY! No amount of brilliant lawyers can ever dispute these two horrendous cases, not to mention the other 58 serious cases that she has to answer which are all true! GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO IS FINISHED!

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Ron says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

Ms. Raiisa, if GMA is found guilty of Electoral Sabotage in 2004 (file the case ASAP) to keep herself in power, then she was an illegal president, which makes all her actions, decisions, appointments, etc. all illegal also. While the present adminstration cannot undo all of the actions of a fake president, it can certainly choose which ones to nullify. If any of the 8 justices of the SC appointed by GMA were appointed after 2004, then they should be removed from office without the impeachment process because their

appointments were illegal, invalid, and unenforceable. Anong say mo?

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

There was no electoral sabotage law yet in 2004. And the prescriptive period of fives years for filing a case against her for 2004 has long passed. Only Congress can take the unprecdented step of undoing her proclamation.

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Evangeline Eriksson says:

November 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

Me, I want those 8 bandits removed. They are selfish people without interest in doing good for the people who are in need of justice.

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jamesgeorge barcelona says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

Raissa, you are one columnist that should be commended for doing a great job! Keep it up and I thank you for all the info I got. You served our people well and most importantly, enlightened each one of us! Again, Thank you.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thank you for reading.

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jamesgeorge barcelona says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

Can you just imagine President Noynoy getting zero votes, Did you hear that? Zero votes in Maguindanao? Well, Glorias command was followed by Ampatuan to the letter or I mean, during a lunch or dinner with Unas! Unas said Mrs Arroyo told Andal Sr. to produce a 12-0 result in Maguindanao (for her 12 senatorial candidates), even if you have to rearrange or change the results. This is the smoking gun plus the election results and witnesses affidavits, question, Alberto Agra should be included in the charge sheet?

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epoy says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

Dapat lang sa kulungan si glorya , kasama ang mga ampatuan sa isang kulungan Doon sila mag usap usap paano nangyari ang situasyon nila ngayon Isama sa kulungan nila ang mga bala at bomba na nasamsam sa palasyo ni ampatuan at mga election return na peke at silaban kasama sila yan ang batas ko kung ako.. siguro magtanda na mga politiko na may gagawin pang kalukuhan

wala na paligoy ligoy pa. iisa lang ang gusto natin..hustisya.

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jesus naz says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

Binigyang-daan ng Diyos na mangyari ang Ampatuan massacre para lumitaw ang katotohanan sa lahat ng mga kabulastugang pinagagawa ni GMA. Hindi sisigaw si Zaldy at mga kasangga nito tulad ni Bedol, kundi sila naipit ngayon. Mahigit limampung buhay ang nasakripisyo, hwag po nating hayaang masayang ito. Iparamdam natin sa Korte

Suprema na katotohanan pa rin ang dapat manaig, hindi ang anumang teknikalitis na sinasabi nila. Ipagdasal natin na patuloy tayong patnubayan ng Diyos at di Nya papayagang ang mga masasamang kampon ni Gloria sa Korte Suprema ang maghahariharian.

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mina says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

I think the Philippine government should take this case seriously and should not be more about politics..there should be transparency. The article is really nice. I enjoy reading your

articles miss Raissa Robles. And I do believe that we are better and not a sick nation.we should be proud that we are making initial steps to clean the system.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:54 am

Yes, I do, too. But we have a lot of work ahead poverty, insurgency, rebellion, injustice.

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bcoolman says:

November 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

The bottomline is CGMA has never learned from the previous mistake. She became a president initially due to the safeguard of the madlang people and she should have been grateful by instilling the proper values of decency and accountability yet instead she took advantage of her position allegedly, to satisfy and gratify her own interest. Unless na talagang may maparusahan at madama mismo ng taong bayan, this kind of ailment will continue to plague our beloved country.

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nona says:

November 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I dont know gus lagman comelec thank god but is the guy simple, stupid, senile or just a puppet. Watching his recent interview was not only like watching a train crash but embarrassing and humiliating. Not only media unsavvy but no knowledge of his subject. This is crazy. but in answer to your question he was asked what was the strongest piece of evidence and he said it was unas and the conversation he overheard at malacanan. in

fact lagman went further and said this was the ONLY piece of evidence which directly linked arroyo to the poll fraud. so not only a questionable witness but an overheard conversation at a distance 4 years ago. joke. if a team coach said win 12 0 whatever, that can in itself hardly be construed as cheating unless you are a pakastani cricketer. i have no doubt of the cheating, but in US, UK courts this would be laughed out. here, maybe anything is possible he said, she said. no case. end of story my grandmother could win the case for arroyo, and she has been dead 10 years. or a junior at linklaters, allen & overy etc.

as i said if this case is the best after 16 months of fevered activity and ferreting then not very impressive

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REY says:

November 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

NO WONDER PHIL SICK MAN OF ASIA ITS IN THE BLOOD EVER SINCE. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY USA HELPED JAPAN SO MUCH AFTER WW2 AND ALSO KOREA CAUSE THEY KNOW WHO TO HELP ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

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A says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

You are right , Sick man is the people thinking that way. Walang kinalaman ang Japan at korea o america sa issue ni Gloria Kahit sinong tao may sekreto, may pinsalang nagawa sa kapwa ay panagutan, yan ang batas ng diyos at tao. wag sisihin ang ibang bansa. Kung nagamit o nagpagamit sa ibang bansa, pwes kasalanan yan ng nagpagamit kuha mo

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rommel says:

November 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

Go back to school and learn some history, kiddo. The US colonized the Philippines, waged war and murdered almost a million Filipinos, then bled the country dry of its natural resources. You think thieves would HELP their victims? Opportunism is in the genes of thieves; and well, for victims. its another matter.

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Ivan says:

November 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

why do you hate US so much? what happen with PH- US bfor is called mutualism in my opinion.We get something from them and they get something from us,,,Im not a historian so could you please site a specific event/s where they deprive our natural resources? Mas masahol pa nga ang ginagawa natin environment!Gosh! what if US still takes holds on us? could we be the Hongkong/Guam/Hawaii of the Pacific? Im proud to be a Filipino but the mentality of some makes me sick,,,why blame your

neighbors when it was your household whos at faultKorea and Japan on the other hand has a very Nationalistic heart.If all Filipino would only buy Hapee toothpaste,BENCH, eat only at Jollibee, Mang Inasal, pay taxes, transparency in the government (thnx to Pnoy, they were the most transparent so far) . I think we could have a better countryand we will not blame the Spaniards, Japanese, Americans, Lady Gaga, Manuel Marquez, Justin Beiber of our misfortune(wink)

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epoy says:

November 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

Klaro ka-ayo . Dont blame other what happen to ours. its our mismangement that bring us where we are

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KEVIN says:

November 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

IM an avid follower of your column,keep it up.

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raissa says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:58 am

Thanks, Kevin.

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Rochie says:

November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

we all know in our hearts that Gloria ( i refuse to give her the titles she does not deserve) is

guilty of so many crimes, but as it is, the govt has to move double time to prove them, or else

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epoy says:

November 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Its a battle of the brain, if the government lost in all wars like arroyos and ampatuans, then the government is brainless. I just wanted to see a result now tagal naman ..I just want to see punished those people abusive..

Obviously may problema sa constitution kung bakit nangyayari ang palakasan sa supreme court. puro utang na loob ang botohan. kelan pa mababago ang systema. kung walang ampatuan masacre case di pa malalagay sa kaso si glorya.. blessings in disguise siguro tawag dyan..

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

the justice systems allows all parties to be heard . due process takes time. for normal cases, it takes 10-20 yrs if it reaches the higher courts. i just wonder how come gmas pleadings get results in less than 2-3 days hmmmmmm curious hearing all sides. allowing all angles to be explored has to undergo a process . so much so that the best lawyers can delay the process indefinitely. this is what the marcoses did. i believe , it is what gma will do. is it fair ? no. is it moral? no. but the courts do follow a code to respect the process. yung palakasan, actually happened because gma had a 9-10 yr term much like marcos. she was able to appoint all her subordinates. almost all spots.

system is there. but remember, it is the people that run the system. if the people running the system doesnt have the moral good intentions, even the best systems fail. may checks and balances na eh. i think the phils need a renewal. pagbabago sa loob. and for all the citizens not to tolerate corruption. kasi if the people allow it to happen, then it will happen. americans are more vigilant thats why they have a bit less corruption. i think moral renewal is what is needed. and to put corrupt govt ppl behind bars para may sample naman.

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nona says:

November 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

of all the potential cases this happens to be the weakest in legal terms and certainly wont result in a conviction, but may have been an expedient measure to buy the govt a very short breathing space and to stop arroyo leaving. no problem with that, but unless they get their act together on the other cases, they will be made fools of arroyo will be out of here , and they will only have themselves to blame. pity they cannot afford decent lawyers.

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raissa says:

November 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

why the weakest?

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Archie says:

November 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Probably because the main evidence of the panel linking CGMA in making the poll fraud are affidavits of people who would want to be shielded when everything falls down. These people can as easily retract their sworn statements when threatened and to convict the accused their statements should corroborate like matching pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

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Chot Conde says:

November 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

What decent lawyers youre talking about? you mean a talkative lawyer like RL & FT or the bunch of old lawyers hired by the Arroyos?

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

no. those are just the front ppl. pang poster lang. the movers , shakers and strategists are magagaling gumapang. at magagaling na lawyers. talent fees go up to millions and millions.

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

it is a very strong case. malakas evidence from top to bottom. may documentary evidence. may solid affidavits that tie everything together. wala masyadong holes yung mga testimony. may nag sabi nga they were ordered to steal the ballots in congress. may video tapes. let us just wait. the case hasnt even started yet. i feel sec de lima is on top of it. shes honest and very good. malakas lang yung

kalaban nya , supreme court. a supreme court can even be more powerful than a president. i think the govt is doing the right strategies in fighting a wayward supreme court. if the supreme court doesnt get its act together, then impeachment would be a heaven sent against majority of the dependent minded justices. just watch how the most SC justices defends its client GMA. a normal citizen or a major issue of the country could never get the speed at the decisions and TROs that GMA could muster almost anytime. even if govt hires the best lawyers , it would fall on deaf ears . kasi the gma justices twist the law to suit their client. mahirap ang position ng executive and legislative.

one instance, corona was appointed 2 months before gma was stepping down. if you file a complaint against midnight appointments, e sila sila na rin yung mag decide. so what do u think would be the decision? they would say it would be legal. they can make white look black thru legal jargon . but they shouldnt forget that God is their witness. maawa naman sila sa kaluluwa nila.

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:42 am

may instance nga na di pa natatanggap ng ibang judges yung motions and legal documents , may tatak na agad ng majority sa panig ni GMA. the log book attested to this. parang rubber stamp court.

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nona says:

November 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

paul i have to disagree lagman comelec was asked what was the strongest piece of evidence

and he said it was unas and the conversation he overheard at malacanan. in fact lagman went further and said this was the ONLY piece of evidence which directly linked arroyo to the poll fraud. so not only a questionable witness but an overheard conversation at a distance 4 years

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

no such thing as a perfect case. minsan lang. you just do with what you have. and try digging for more. anyway, its a wholistic legal strategy to combat the biases. there are 6-10 more cases coming, so no worries. if u dont think out of the box, u will surely lose. tingnan nyo yung marcos cases.zero conviction.

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Elso Cabangon says:

November 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

GMAs brilliant lawyers miscalculated. They counted on her fleeing after the Supreme Court issued a TRO in her favor.

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richard says:

November 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

i agree. i thought they would push for technicalities since it was sewed already by GMA by putting his own pawns in the SC..

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paul says:

November 22, 2011 at 12:44 am

the supreme court can free her anytime w/ another TRO against comelec. if kaya ng consensya nila.

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Jill says:

November 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Nice article.

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Captain badjao says:

December 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Gd day Raissa, Count me as regular in your column, Im out of the country but I will be in here most of the time. Carry on to your good work. Thats what we call a constructive journalism. Many thanks

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Gloria MacapagalArroyo asylum bid probed


Destination Dominican Republic, says De Lima

Cathy C. Yamsuan, Christian V. Esguerra, Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer


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former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo AFP FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday said she had asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into unverified information that the government of the Dominican Republic had provided passports to former President Gloria MacapagalArroyo and her family. Speaking with reporters, De Lima raised the possibility that Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel Mike Arroyo, might seek political asylum if the Supreme Court allowed them to leave for abroad.

Anything is possible. They can always do that, she said. The sinister plot purportedly hatched by the Arroyo camp was the subject of text messages received by reporters covering the justice beat. Im asking the DFA on how to confirm that. The authority there would be the DFA, De Lima said. A number of messages on the Arroyos escape plans had been circulating in the media since De Lima announced on Tuesday that she would not grant the former Presidents request to be allowed to seek medical treatment overseas for her bone ailment. Part of the supposed plans was for Chief Justice Renato Corona, who once served as Arroyos spokesperson and chief of staff during her presidency, to cut his US trip short and grant the petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that the Arroyo couple had separately filed at the Supreme Court. DOJ asks SC to defer ruling Last Aug. 23, the high court voted 13-0 to grant Mike Arroyos petition for a TRO on his inclusion in the immigration bureaus watch list after being tagged in

a Senate hearing as the owner of two used helicopters purchased by the Philippine National Police as brand-new. On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the high court to allow it to file its comment on the separate petitions filed by the Arroyos before acting on their request for a TRO. In separate manifestations filed by the Office of the Solicitor General, the DOJ urged the high court to defer decision on the Arroyos petitions and set oral arguments on the matter. Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz argued that Arroyos claim that she would suffer irreparable damage if her petition for a TRO would not be granted was baseless. Cadiz said Arroyos medical abstracts did not support her claim that her health condition had been worsening. He also said there is no actual extreme and urgent necessity for [her] to travel abroad. Legal cover De Lima said she had referred to the DFA information that the government had been receiving,

which is becoming the basis for our doubt on the true agenda for [the Arroyos] travel. What if our suspicions are true that this spectacle was just [meant as] a shield for their actual intention to escape the cases against them? They can do anything to give it a legal cover, she said. De Lima pointed out that Mike Arroyo recently traveled overseas ostensibly to seek stem cell treatment for his wife. But in their request [for an allow-departure order], there was no mention if they had found a specialist in stem cell treatment, she said, adding: There are gaps and inconsistencies in the information they are supplying us. And when we connect these to the information were getting, they bolster our suspicions. De Lima agreed with Jose Midas Marquez, the Supreme Court administrator and spokesperson, that nothing could prevent the Arroyos from leaving the country should the tribunal issue a TRO. Thats really the legal effect. Thats what were afraid of. If the TRO is issued at this very moment, then they can just leave a few hours [later], she said.

Life on the run Sen. Panfilo Lacson warned that life on the run would be hard for Arroyo. Your adrenaline and alert level would always be up, said Lacson, who spent 18 months hiding abroad after being linked to the murder of publicist Salvador Dacer and the latters driver Emmanuel Corbito. I dont enjoy a profile as prominent as hers, yet so many Filipinos abroad were able to recognize me, he recalled. Lacson said it would be unwise for Arroyo to attempt what he had done. Ive experienced how difficult it is. I will not recommend it, he said. There are Filipinos everywhere and they would recognize me. It was a good thing those who did were sympathetic to my situation. Lacson returned last March after the Court of Appeals revoked the arrest warrant issued against him by the Makati Regional Trial Court in connection with the double-murder case. Just let me clarify that I was not a fugitive from justice but a fugitive from injustice, the senator said.

If [Arroyo and her husband] have more enemies than I do, life on the run would be more difficult for them. I have done it. I know what Im talking about, he said. But Sen. Edgardo Angara said Arroyo was sensitive to public opinion and would not gamble with her legacy as a world leader. [The world is small] and the pressure of international opinion is so great that I think no person who has occupied such a high position as the presidency would risk that kind of escape, Angara said at the Kapihan sa Senado. Besides, news is instantaneous right now. Where would she hide in case her escape or failure to return is reported by the media? Angara said. Especially in this era where there is practically no place to hide, the media will always find her. The long arm of the law is longer now than before. Right to travel On the other hand, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago told the Inquirer that Arroyo could take her appeal for medical treatment abroad to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Santiago, a constitutionalist, was careful not to tackle the merits of Arroyos petition for the Supreme Court to invalidate her inclusion in the immigration bureaus watch list. Instead, she discussed the constitutional provision on a persons right to travel: In Philippine jurisprudence, the right to travel is a human right because it is included in the Bill of Rights. Preventing a person to travel might give her the right to petition before the human rights commission of the UN. It allows private petitions from individuals. It is also a human rights issue. Sen. Joker Arroyo likewise cited the former Presidents human right to travel, especially for medical purposes. Human rights are akin to Christian charity. The human body is inviolable. The Constitution prohibits cruel, degrading or inhumane punishment, he said in a statement. Senator Arroyo recalled that in 1975, President Aquinos father, former Sen. Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr., went on a hunger strike to protest the abuses and excesses of martial law.

The senator continued: When his fast was reaching the irreversible point, the martial law rulers got alarmed because Ninoy refused to budge. [His] military handlers brought the weak and helpless Ninoy posthaste to V. Luna General Hospital, where military doctors nourished him back to health. Even the hard-boiled martial law rulers, with blood on their hands, gave way to Christian charity and human rights concerns. No balancing of competing interests, no selective and arbitrary application of rules. Burden of proof Santiago said a person could be barred from leaving only if his/her flight would be a threat to national security, public safety or public health. Since travel is a constitutionally protected right, the burden of proof is on the party who seeks to prevent travel. Therefore, the burden of proof will be on the solicitor general. He has to prove that if the applicant leaves the country, the Philippines will be endangered in terms of security, health or safety, she said. In the case of a particular applicant, the only way it can be proved that her departure will threaten

national security is if it can be proved that while abroad, she might withdraw billions of pesos and fund a national uprising against the administration. That would be proof that her departure would be a threat to national security. National interest Both the President and De Lima used national interest to justify the denial of Arroyos application to seek medical help abroad for her cervical spondylosis and hypoparathyroidism. But Santiago said: You cannot invoke national interest because that is not included in the provision of the Constitution. That is not what the Constitution says. We Recommend

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Why is it important to see Gloria Arroyo and her minions behind bars?
Why is it extremely important for us to see Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her minions behind bars? Three reasons. First, putting a President behind bars sends a very strong message that this administration is really serious in putting the entire bureaucracy in order. We all know that for us to really scare the wits off those who want to earn billions from the public's coffers, we must target their principal, the very brains behind their schemes. We must debilitate the strongest symbol of their group before putting them all in jail. Gloria Arroyo, based on evidence, had an active role in several of the cases filed against her. In the election rigging case, there was positive identification of Mrs. Arroyo in the scheme of things. She took part in it. She marshalled her forces just to realize one goal--extend her term and put the life off those who oppose her. Second, putting Mrs. Arroyo behind bars

puts an end to the on-going corrupt activities of her group. Those who support her will lose their morale and eventually, decide to end their nefarious acts against the People. Some of these pro-Arroyo allies are still in government and benefitting from it. If they see Arroyo behind bars, that will probably scare the wits off them and make them change their direction. Lastly, Gloria should be made accountable for all the crimes she and her minions created during the past nine years. The reason we are in the rut right now is the fact that Mrs. Arroyo created the necessary conditions for a near systemic breakdown. All institutions of governance were crippled and were corrupted during her term. It is time to make things right. We are paying for her indiscretions and her sins. It is time for us, the Filipino People, to get the justice we deserve. President Benigno Aquino is, fortunately and at long last, leading us to the right path. Let us not falter this time. Let us not commit the grievous errors the first Aquino administration did when it allowed the

Marcoses and their minions to escape the fangs of the law, along with it, billions of pesos worth of the people's money. Here is the opportunity for us to really correct the errors of the past and try to build a new system. Real change will never happen if we do not do these things. For us to get the change and the freedom we so deserve as a people, we must first get justice. Putting Gloria and her minions, these demons in barong, behind bars, is justice.
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Arroyos electoral sabotage case and Maguindanao massacre intertwined

Gloria Arroyo with Andal Sr and Zaldy Ampatuan. Malalim ang pinagsamahan.

Today, we will be at the historic Mendiola Bridge (now renamed Don Chino Roces Bridge) to remind President Aquino that the families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre are still waiting for justice that he promised last July. A tweet by Federico Pascual is shared by many who lament the slow pace of the trial: If only PNoy could show the same speed & singlemindedness in prosecuting the plotters & killers in 2-year-old Ampatuan masssacre. In a statement the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Two years after the

gruesome crime, 103 of the 196 suspects remain at large and only two of the principal suspects have been arraigned. The case remains snagged on hearings on petitions for bail of the accused. The Maguindanao massacre trial has also been dragged into the electoral sabotage case of former President Gloria Arroyo with some of the major personalities involved in the massacre being tapped as witnesses in the highlypoliticized court case. The star witness of the Commission on Elections, which filed the electoral sabotage case in connection with the 2007 elections against Arroyo, is Norie Unas, the former chief- of- staff of Andal Sr, Unas testified before the joint ComelecDepartment of Justice investigation panel that he heard Arroyo instruct Andal Sr in a dinner in Malacaang to make sure that all the candidates of the administration partys senatorial candidates win (12-0) in the 2007 polls.

Unas, who has been admitted under the Witness Protection Program in the electoral sabotage case, has been tagged as one of those who planned the Nov. 23, 2009 massacre and worked to protect those who participated in the killing. Strangely though, Unas is not among those accused in the massacre. Zaldy Ampatuan, tried this route out of the massacre cases. The government, in its desperation to put Arroyo in jail (which they were able to do last week but has been amended to hospital arrest due to her health condition) considered it but Harry Roque, lawyer for the families of several journalists, vehemently protested it. It is worth noting that Arroyo has to bank on the word of Andal Sr, her co-accused in the electoral sabotage case, in her effort to have herself cleared of the charge that is punishable by life imprisonment. Arroyos lawyers said Andal Sr, who is now in detention for the Maguindanao massacre, denied

Unas allegation that Arroyo ordered rigging of elections to achieve a 12-0 results for Team Unity candidates. Underscoring the intertwining of the two high profile cases, is the P15 million civil suit filed by Harry Roque in behalf of relatives of 14 journalists and media workers killed in the massacre against Arroyo yesterday. Roque claimed that By her aiding and abetting the Ampatuans, Defendant a public officer directly or indirectly obstructed defeated, violated and impaired the following rights and liberties of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre: (a) Freedom to write for the press or to maintain a periodical publication; (b) The right to be secure in ones person, house, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures; (c) The right to life. Roque also said Arroyos refusal to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed in Maguindanao encouraged the culture of impunity perpetrated

by the Ampatuans, leading to the Maguindanao massacre and causing damages to the heirs of the victims.
November 22, 2011 9:58 pm Tags: electoral sabotage, Gloria Arroyo, Maguindanao massacre Posted in: Gloria Arroyo and family,Maguindanao massacre, Malaya

94 Responses
1.

TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 22, 2011 11:22 pm The prosecutions strategy in the massmurder is to blame. You have 196 defendants and not all are in custody. Every time a suspect is arrested, they fly the witness/es to Manila to pinpoint to the court who the witness is testifying against. Imagine the security and logistics requirements for 196 accused.

Just imagine the delay, the postponements that will be caused by appointing a public lawyer or hiring a private lawyer who will need to study the case from the top for every new defendant that is arrested. How long will 58 prosecution lawyers and 196 defense lawyers engage in presentation of witnesses and cross-recross exams before the case is submitted for judgement? 50 years? 100 years? Atty Roque on radio corrected the judges earlier computation and said that it is more likely 15,000 years! The solution is to get rid of all the insignificant suspects. The lowly Cafgu or patrolman after all just followed officers orders. What you have left are a handful of masterminds. Now that is more manageable and less expensive for the government. You can all finish the trial way before everyone is too old and afflicted with Alzheimers. Justice can then be served.

At the present setup, the quest for justice is doomed to fail.


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saxnviolins - November 23, 2011 12:03 am Sino ba ang executive judge? He can issue an order so that the incidents (motion for ancillary remedies, not the main case) can be assigned to another judge. That frees the principal judge to try the case. That is the system here in the Federal Courts, where magistrate judges hear the incidents. Yung probable cause, yung application for bail, etc., are heard by the magistrate judges, and the main case is tried by the district judge. That way, the district judge hears the case with a fresh perspective; he is not influenced by his earlier finding that the evidence of guilt is strong, which is why he denied bail, or he is not influenced by his earlier finding that there is probable cause in the first place.

Puwede ring si Executive Judge ang mag-hear ng applications for bail. The trial and applications for bail can run a parallel course, because they are not prejudicial to each other anyway. I also agree, that the case can be tried separately, that of the principals, against the others. Kung mag-John Doe sila for every participant, tuwing may bagong discovered John Doe, panibagong arraignment na naman, etc. Katangahan ba yan, or are there still trojans inside, courtesy of the Raul Gon mafia?
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chi - November 23, 2011 3:44 am Palitan ang prosecution team, mga trojans sila ni putot! Pnoy can act fast naman pala as he showed in putots electoral charge. Take two nga dyan Pnoy para sa Maguindanao massacre naman!

4.

chijap - November 23, 2011 4:19 am @snv, i really value your insights so i wanted to ask you this: do you think De Lima is still a Trojan?

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baycas2 - November 23, 2011 6:02 am chi, while it is true that the DOJ conducted preliminary investigation concurrently with the Comelec (based on Sec. 43 of RA 9369) it was ONLY the Comelec, true to its mandate as an independent Constitutional body, that filed the case against the Electoral Sabotage respondents gloria et al. this has to be clear because the concurrent thing aka the Comelec-DOJ panel was in effect put to a test in glorias case. this application of a 2007 specific amendment to BP 881 is now being heard and deliberated on at the Supreme Court as to its constitutionality.

hence, in the eyes of some, glorias case is a TESTIS case and the BALL is now in the hands of the Supreme Court (the reason for Topacios bet). as to the Trojan thing, it may be said that DOJ DC 41 (the consolidated WLO-HDO-etc from past DOJ circulars) and Sec. 43 of RA 9369 are part of glorias landmines. it only takes one person in de Lima to step on them and boom, all hell broke loose. well leave it to perception if de Lima is truly a trojan horse or is simply a fool like Brillantes or Lagman who are jeopardizing the independence of the Comelec. i believe there are still landmines and trojansand foolsout there to produce more chaos. this situation was clairvoyantly seen by gloria herself when she considered herself as a

cause of a never-ending divisiveness among us and YET she continued to stay in politics.
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chi - November 23, 2011 6:51 am baycas, tagal kung nawala so am doing an almost unending read even the bet(log) of Topacio. Got to agree with you about the trojans, we should be forever alert to spot them. Tuso talaga si putot, so deviously shes able to put them in proper places to ruse us all. I dont pity goyang even in her starwars getup, my heart goes to the country and people suffering due to her countless sins. Dont want her to die, gusto ko makita na nanghihimas sya ng mainit na rehas.

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chi - November 23, 2011 6:58 am Btw, hindi ako ang blogger na chijap, baka malito kayo.

8.

hilman - November 23, 2011 9:55 am dapat kasuhan na din si fatsoy

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hilman - November 23, 2011 10:01 am ayon sa mga bubuwit na pagalagala kung saan saan , ito raw si taba ang utak o di kayay may partisipasyon sa mga pangyayari

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juggernaut - November 23, 2011 10:56 am @snv, i really value your insights so i wanted to ask you this: do you think De Lima is still a Trojan? @chijap, For the moment pwede na nating gawing Trust si De Lima, hindi na Trojan,

nevertheless, ganun pa rin, wala pang nabubuo.


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parasabayan - November 23, 2011 11:19 am Ang hirap niyan, hindi kaya nagsasakitan lang ang mga criminals na ito? Hindi tinulungan ni pandak ang mga ampatuans noong nakulong sila sa pag-massacre. Di kaya gumaganti lang ang mga ampatuans kay pandak ngayon? Pare pareho ang kagawian nila. But this is good coz that is how we can keep all of them in jail! There is no doubt that the cheating operations and the massacre are intertwined. Ginamit ni pandak sila sa 2004 elections pati. Kaya ang bayad nila ay ang multi-millions na pondo sa mga projects ng mga ampatuan na pangsarili nila: malalaking bahay, gasolinahan, private roads, other real estate properties and most of all payroll for the private army. Nagmistulang Datu ang mga

ampatuans dahil sa bayad utang ni pandak. She showered them with power and money. Yan tuloy noong may gustong umagaw ng trono nila, pinatay ang mga kalaban at napasali pa ang mga walang kasalanan na media men.
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parasabayan - November 23, 2011 11:21 am Hilman, yan din ang sabi ng mga bubuyog na aalialigid sa tabi ko, na si fatso ang tunay na sakim!

13.

hilman - November 23, 2011 1:54 pm Psb.pwedeeee!!!

14.

hilman - November 23, 2011 2:17 pm 2 yrs matapos ang pamamaslang nakakulong ang mga salarinpero ang mga naulila ay patuloy pa rin sa paghahanap ng hustiya

palagay ko di sila maghahanap kung walang nawawala.lets hope for the best.
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juggernaut - November 23, 2011 2:54 pm Oops, SC macho man in action. Watch the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJw10ePSw

16.

parasabayan - November 23, 2011 3:09 pm Hay naku Jug kaya pala mataray!

17.

hilman - November 23, 2011 4:07 pm Anu ba yan !!!hehehe

18.

MPRivera - November 23, 2011 6:33 pm kahit saan ako magbasa, ang balita si gloria.

anumang pahina ang buklatin ko, hindi nawawala si gloria. kahit saang sulok ko ibaling ang aking mga mata, andoon ang larawan ni gloria. bawat taong makausap ko, tinatanong sa akin, kumusta na daw si gloria. bakit parang alam na alam nilang fan ako ni gloria romero?
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MPRivera - November 23, 2011 6:35 pm #8 hilman, anong kaos naman ang isasampa mo laban kay fatsoy? tinatanggap ba sa husgado ang pambababoy o kababuyan?

20.

bayonic - November 23, 2011 6:36 pm #15. Diversionary tactic lang yan

21.

MPRivera - November 23, 2011 6:38 pm

.anong KASO naman ang isasampa mo..


22.

duane - November 23, 2011 11:26 pm Nice two, Jug!

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joeseg - November 24, 2011 12:07 am Interesting article here by Raisa Robles: http://raissarobles.com/2011/11/23/ part-1-the-maguindanao-massacre-was-adeadly-quarrel-within-arroyoscamp/#comment-5648 @15 Juggernaut.. Midas Touch @18 MRivera: Halatang may pagka showbiz ka kasi..

24.

Mike - November 24, 2011 1:01 am Dapat ibigay nalang kay Judge Jesus Mupas ang kaso, para mabilis.

25.

Mike - November 24, 2011 2:41 am

OT SC orders distribution of Hacienda Luisita. Majority (14 out of 15) voted in favor. Now all eyes will be on PNoys reaction regarding the ruling.
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Mike - November 24, 2011 2:41 am #25 http://www.abscbnnews.com/nation/11/23/11/sc-ordersdistribution-hacienda-luisita

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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 4:00 am Yun daw bet ni Topacio na betlog, Midas Marquez wants to hold it in escrow.

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hawaiianguy - November 24, 2011 8:24 am

Wala na iba pa dapat gawin kay Mrs. Arroyo kundi pairalin ang batas. Litisin na at husgahan na!
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hilman - November 24, 2011 9:40 am atty. sax , kaliwa ba o kanan?

30.

chi - November 24, 2011 10:02 am #15. Omigawd!!! Sya rin?!

31.

Mike - November 24, 2011 11:11 am Read this in a news. A RTC judge has ruled that the scrotum offered by notorious Lawyer Topacio was offered illegally, without proper environmental review. The judge further said the offered scrotum must now be destroyed, in what could be the first forced destruction of a scrotum in the Philippines and could open

the door for future rulings to keep Filipinos safe from potentially hazardous scrotums.

32.

parasabayan - November 24, 2011 11:22 am Mikehah,hah,hah.

33.

parasabayan - November 24, 2011 11:51 am Yan ang mga doctors ni pandak are being summoned to shed light into her condition. Whether she is really terribly sick or just feigning it! It is about time!

34.

juggernaut - November 24, 2011 12:24 pm hahaha! This must be the season of the RH, first there was Delima Trojan (condom) now theres talk

of scrotums? Thats Topacios contribution to the RH debates partial castration.


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Mike - November 24, 2011 1:44 pm Latest news: CGMA doctors found a cure for her bone disease. A specialist doctor who wanted to remain unnamed because of the sensitivity of the case confirmed that they found a cure for CGMAs problem. He said that the scrotum that CGMAs lawyer who have used it as a bargaining chip can be implanted on the spine of CGMA to act as a support since the said scrotum is soft and could serve as some kind of a shock absorber, to ease the pain that the patient is experiencing. But the doctor said, it would still depend on the size of the lawyers scrotum since if its too small, it would easily slipped out of her spine. There is another donor that they are considering, said the doctor. But the potential donor is still none committal since his name was recently lifted

by the DOJ from the WLO (watch list order), and also has to consult with his girlfriend about the possible effect of removing his scrotum. The docotr declined to name the girlfriend since he is not at liberty to name her. But sources from the inside circles of the ex-president said that her name is Vicky Toh.
36.

hilman - November 24, 2011 1:57 pm Brilliant mike,pwede maging dashboard display si gloria .

37.

TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 2:32 pm jug, Gloria and Mike ARE the best arguments for contraception.

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TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 3:20 pm

2 separate headlines: 1. DOJ asks Supreme Court to summon Arroyo docs. 2. Comelec asks Pasay RTC to summon Arroyo docs. Yan ang tag team!
39.

TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 3:25 pm Ayoko nang pag-usapan pa yung bet(log) ni Topacio. Maliit na bagay lang yan Mas gusto ko itong balitang ito: http://goo.gl/ay4oY

40.

TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 3:33 pm If we follow saxnviolins recommendation that newly discovered evidence (used chopper deal)in the course of later investigations can override the 5-year prescription period for election offenses (2004 cheating) then by all

means, file an electoral sabotage case against Mike Arroyo too! This would be non-bailable, he can then be included in a new HDO. Mahaba-haba ang bubunuin niya. Dito lang sa Used Chopper Deal, ilang counts na. Pahiram Phil Cruz: Ready, aim, file!
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TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 3:35 pm Gumanti agad ang Supreme Court: Headline: Supreme Court orders distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmers

42.

TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 24, 2011 4:07 pm What can you say about this piece by Teddy Locsin, Jr.? It contradicts what everybody here in Ellenville is saying. From Cory Aquinos spokesman to Midas Marquez apologist?

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/17702/te odoro-llocsin-jran-impeachable-offense
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duane - November 24, 2011 4:45 pm Locsins arguments are BS that do not follow logic. He is also supported by losers who do not see any color other than yellow. Here in Ellenvile, despite the fact that most are not Pnoy supporters, the events are intellectually appraised without loyalty biases in their comments. Except for one or two, of course.

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juggernaut - November 24, 2011 5:05 pm Teddy Locsin doesnt seem to listen to anybody except the sound of his own voice, he loves doing it very much he has this ridiculous smirk every 5 minutes. If we follow his logic, the SC will be heeded without question as the new dictator, no discussion, no analyis, whatever the chief

says should be followed, even verbally, he can just say it on tv and its the law, no paperwork, no black and white. Another intellectual wanabe who can never really win.
45.

juggernaut - November 24, 2011 5:07 pm Where was Teddy Boy when Gloria was on a rampage? Getting a massage with happy ending?

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juggernaut - November 24, 2011 5:17 pm duane, No one can actually be unbiased, as nobody is an automaton. We all have our personal agendas, group agendas, etc, and pushing passionately for each one makes life worth living.

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juggernaut - November 24, 2011 5:40 pm I watched teditorial once, I never watched again. He was talking as if he was the only

enlightened one and evrybody else is ignorant.


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Rudolfo - November 24, 2011 6:10 pm Ang masasabi ko, at lagi ng pananaw,..Justice delay is justice denied there were lots of evidences already and proven positively pointed to or against the former FG-Arroyo, and company, or etcyet, there were clouds of delay, and conducive to denials of justice..We need to wish that Pnoy admin, would provide a better governance of the country, and put into jail the criminals..What matters and a very old call was, enough is enough !!!The Philippines needs a new face as not having corrupted leaders, and also, heading to an image as tiger in asia

49.

Ka Enchong - November 24, 2011 7:02 pm

Where was Teddy Boy when Gloria was on a rampage? Getting a massage with happy ending? Harharhar mukhang alam ko to, jug. PDPLaban si Teddy Boy, kaya madalas ang Laban sa PDP.
50.

Mike - November 24, 2011 8:10 pm #42 & # 47 Tongue & Jug, Teddy Boy is an a$$.

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duane - November 24, 2011 8:20 pm OT: On loyalty biases, I do not want to name names but I can identify: - 2 bloggers here that do not support Pnoy but treat objectively the pro or con Pnoy issues

- 2 bloggers here that do not support Pnoy and consider every issue to be against Pnoy - 2 bloggers here that support Pnoy but will go against Pnoy when evidently warranted - 2 bloggers here that support Pnoy and will defend Pnoy on any issue pro or con Pnoy.
52.

koko - November 24, 2011 8:59 pm I just hope that some palace insiders and DOJ as well was reading here in ellenville,they can learn a lot from the insights of respected bloggers here free of charge

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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 9:20 pm # 42 Point 1 a TRO cannot be TROed. If, issued by the Supreme Court. I have obtained CA TROs of RTC TROs, executing (civil judgments collection) pending appeal.

Point 2 No MR on a TRO. Nominally, none. But one can file a motion to lift, or motion to vacate. I have obtained such a lifting. Point 4 Agreed. The Constitution provides the exception, as may be provided by law. One, therefore, has to invoke a specific law to justify the exception to the rule. There is none, so far. The TRO is correct, albeit issued with obscene haste, on hilariously unsupportable claims of the illness being life-threatening. If my client were really in danger, I would have brought the doctor to the Court, and would have filed the motion, myself, to request the Court to question the doctor. So far, there are only general statements from lawyers, not doctors. Maybe they are good at doctoring documents. Fraus latet in generalibus. (Fraud lies hid in general statements.)

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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 9:23 pm Point 6. Considering the editorializing of the reverse Midas touch. I would want to read the TRO. Especially, since, in this case, there were conditions. The governments obedience to the TRO is predicated on the compliance to the conditions. In fact, if De Lima read it, it would have provided her the perfect excuse to not obey immediately. She could have filed a motion to clarify (whether or not the TRO was complied with). Only the Court can determine compliance; so, if there is no declaration from the Court that the conditions were complied with, it is difficult to obey. No. Marquez cannot declare compliance or non-compliance. In fact, that was what was taken up that Friday. The justices assessed compliance, and found it wanting.

The tactic of De Lima of disappearing, in order not to physically receive the TRO is typical. In an ARMM city, the government office I worked for, lost a hometown decision, and obtained an order of execution pending appeal. The lawyers were not home, to receive the CA TRO. They were near the PNB, but not inside, so I could not serve it. So I served it on the PNB manager, since the TRO said the plaintiffs, or their agents. The bank is the agent of the plaintiffs, when it executes the judgment, and releases the money. End of story. We retained the money. In this case, the Bureau of Immigration is the agent of the DOJ, and was also a respondent. So service to them was sufficient. Of course, the agents had an excuse; they are not lawyers. Topacio should have stood his ground, and waited at the airport. But that would not have been consistent with the stance that the woman is deathly ill.

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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 9:41 pm Point 10 An offense is neither bailable or non-bailable on the mere say-so of the government. Agreed. That is why a bail hearing is made, to determine whether or not to grant bail. The warrant of arrest of Mupas was made, not to incarcerate the woman (arrest and incarceration are two different things). It was done to force her to appear in court. In that hearing, the issue of bail, considering whether to evidence is strong or not, will be resolved. I have a case, where the Supreme Court ordered the NBI to detain a Pangasinan stenographer, and detain her, until she shall have finished the steno notes, to be submitted to the Supreme Court, to evaluate my clients appeal. So there is nothing irregular, nor oppressive about Mupas order.

Once GMA returns, she can no longer be considered a flight risk. That is a gratuitous factual premise. Precisely, there is fear that she will not return, that is why an HDO is being sought from Mupas. Flight risk? Wasnt she about to literally fly (on a plane)? Locsin is confused about bail and the right to travel. Bail is posted so you can go home, and not be incarcerated while being tried. The denial of bail is made if the offense is non-bailable and evidence of guilt is strong. The right to travel is unrelated to bail. One may post bail and go home, because the evidence of guilt is not that strong. But one may still be denied the right to travel if it appears that one is a flight risk.

True, there is the adage that flight is evidence of guilt. But one may still not wish to face trial even if the evidence of guilt is not that strong. The precedent here is Ricardo Silverio v Court of Appeals.G.R. No. 94284 April 8, 1991, where Ricardo Silverio was facing a mere charge of violation of the Securities Act. He was allowed to post bail, but he was still denied the right to travel.
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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 9:43 pm The points I did not discuss, I either agree with them, or they are political discussion points. Yung pulitika, whether something is wise or not, desirable or not, tao ang nagpapasya niyan, hindi ang Hukuman.

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saxnviolins - November 24, 2011 9:50 pm # 4:

Do I still suspect (not believe) that De Lima is a trojan? Whose action produced the potential error? Hers. Whose action produced the cure? The Comelec. Trust is not like a criminal case, where one is innocent until proven guilty. One is untrustworthy until she so proves; whether in business (trusting someone with your money), friendships (trusting someone with your secrets) or prurient affairs (trusting a woman with your egg). Sorry for the late reply bro. Thanksgiving dito. I am under kitchen arrest. Humiling ang inaanak ng paella. There also was a TRO (todo recado order). It had a condition that I first review the DVD of Mario Batali and Gwynette Paltrow in

their trip to Spain, when they watched a master in Valencia, Spain, cook paella. I have complied with the condition, kumukulo na ang mga recado, so I have provisional liberty to post in this blog.
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chi - November 24, 2011 11:12 pm #42. Ah, BS na BS ang arguments Teddy Boy! A TRO is effective immediately, he says. Yes, that is if the requirements are right away fulfilled. In Putots case, the betlog missed to file the final requirement thereby making the TRO inapplicable. Kung fine print of the law ang pagbabasehan at susundin walang TRO na effective ang ipinalabas ng SC. I am not a legal mind pero yan ang andar ng coconut ko.

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chi - November 24, 2011 11:18 pm I have complied with the condition, kumukulo na ang mga recado, so I have provisional liberty to post in this blog. -atty sax

In Goyangs TRO, hindi nag-comply ng isang requirement si betlog, so wala kahit na provisional liberty to travel si putot.
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chi - November 24, 2011 11:23 pm Tsos, ang arguments ni Teddy boy, ipinaglalampasuhan lang ng arguments ni atty sax! What happened to this once brilliant Boy, hindi na naging adult?

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perl - November 24, 2011 11:26 pm _http://www.gmanews.tv/story/239551/natio n/gloria-arroyo-indicted-by-hubbys-lawyerduring-oral-arguments Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes then asked him: Your words are indicting the former administration of Mrs. Arroyo, arent they? Topacio answered in the affirmative. [The issuance of watch list orders during Arroyo term] is wrong then. It is wrong now

and SC should do something about it, Topacio stressed. paktay kang topak-syo ka malamang tanggalan ka ng yagbols ni Fig Arroyo hindi ka na nga nagcomply sa condition ng TRO agains WLO idiniin mo pa si Gloria Arroyo hahaha
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perl - November 24, 2011 11:34 pm Happy Thanksgiving sax at sa mga kablogers na nasa US Trublue, san ka? remember the 2 BL you promised? si ligot na lang hinihintay, hehehe

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chi - November 24, 2011 11:37 pm #61. Hahahaha, huli sa sariling bitag!

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saxnviolins - November 25, 2011 1:02 am

It takes a woman to have the fashion sense to notice: Why, if she is so sick, was she wearing skinny leather pants and platforms when they tried to flee that night? Do you know how hard it is to get into leather pants, especially the skinny kind, when youre well and healthy, let alone so ill that youre wearing a halo vest that drastically limits mobility and your condition ostensibly so bad that you have to go abroad for medical attention? It makes you wonder if her mobility is all that compromised./ Jenny Ortuoste Manila Standard Today
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baycas2 - November 25, 2011 2:49 am ted locsin is dreaming of a bench @ the SC rather than stay on the sideline. miron lang siya. kinalaban pa niya si Rambo na posibleng

maging presidente. paano pa siya maaappoint nyan? anyway, thats beside the point and go back to the massacre, gloria declared martial law in Maguindanao then and locsin defended it. di ba martial law was declared to gain access to the ampatuans mansions to search and destroy possible gloria: WMDs? *WMD the ampatuans possible evidence on glorias electoral cheating, thus, Weapons of My (gloria) Destruction
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baycas2 - November 25, 2011 3:10 am paki-google na lang ang title ng news item: Santiago hits, Locsin defends martial law meron ding blogpost yan dito sometime in Dec 2009.

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chi - November 25, 2011 3:20 am

#64. Bigla tuloy ako nag-archive ng photos ni Goyang when she tried to escape! #65. bay, what happened to the putots WMDs?
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perl - November 25, 2011 5:55 am yan si topak-syo magaling sa character assassination.. kaya kinuhang abugado para siraan ang gobyerno tulad ng ginawa niya kay Lacson sa kaso ng dacer-corbito.. hindi malamang inaasahan ni Fig na magkakaron ng oral argument hindi na nagawang palitan ang abugado.. at ang resulta nagkalat sa supreme court kaya pati si gloria nalagay sa peligro ang bilis ng karma! hahaha

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saxnviolins - November 25, 2011 10:57 am # 67

Exhibit A http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/94427/govtstops-arroyo-flight Note the pants and shoes. Exhibit B http://www.digitalhen.co.uk/news/worldasia-15732351 Bakas ang kintab ng leather.
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parasabayan - November 25, 2011 12:48 pm Biglang gumaling na si pandak. O baka naman natakot ang mga doctors niya na tuloy pa ring magsisinungaling sa totoong condisyon ni bansot. Ngayon naman gusto na niyang mamalagi sa bahay niya. Why the special treatment? Ilagay yan sa kulungan ng maramdaman niya ang ginawa niya kay Erap, sa mga Magdalo at yung mga Tanay Boys.

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hilman - November 25, 2011 3:21 pm Pati si lambino hindi na rin nagkatugma tugma ang mga pahayag sa media katakut takot na kasinungalingan na naman ang ilalabas ng kampo ng arroyo nyan Para umamin ang mga yan dapat tawagin si H ng unthinkable di ba,jug!!!

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MPRivera - November 25, 2011 6:05 pm Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes then asked him: Your words are indicting the former administration of Mrs. Arroyo, arent they? Topacio answered in the affirmative. [The issuance of watch list orders during Arroyo term] is wrong then. It is wrong now and SC should do something about it, Topacio stressed. saan ba dapat hinuhuli ang isda upang hindi na makawala?

dibat sa pinggan kapag pinirito nat nakahaing may kasama pang kamatis na pagsasawsawan? ayan. hindi lang piniritong isda ang kinalabasan kundi sarsiado pa nga. may kasamang itlog (niya) at kamatis.
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MPRivera - November 25, 2011 6:11 pm House arrest, ipipilit ng Gloria camp Ayon kay Lambino, hindi maaaring sa National Bilibid Prison (NBP) o kaya sa Southern Police Distrito (SPD) cell makulong umano si Arroyo dahil kailangang gumaling muna ito nang husto. Hindi naman maibibigay sa loob ng kulungan ang medical attention na kailangan niya sa kanyang recuperation, ayon pa kay Lambino. http://abante.com.ph/issue/nov2511/default. htm

ganun? o, sige. ikaw na laang lambimo ang ikulong sa munti para malubos na yang pagtatakip at pagtatanggol mo sa bruhang yan. teka nga pala, MAGKANO na naman ang lagay?
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MPRivera - November 25, 2011 6:25 pm Samantala, nag-second the motion naman ang Malacaang kahapon sa pahayag ni dating Pangulong Fidel V. Ramos na kumukumbinsi kay Gng. Arroyo na harapin nito ang kaso nito o face the music upang magkaroon ng closure sa usapin http://abantetonite.com/issue/nov2511/news_story02.htm hmmmmm. naglalangis? nagsisipsip? yung amari deal, ano na nangyari?

yung centennial expo, nakasama na bang nalibing ni doy laurel? buhay pa ang promotor na nagkamal ng salapi, ah?
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MPRivera - November 25, 2011 6:45 pm Arroyo feeling better, asks for house arrest http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx? articleId=751908&publicationSubCategoryId= 63 house arrest? teka, bakit bumuti ang pakiramdam noong bigyan ng subpoena ang kaniyang mga dalubhasang doktor? hindi siya puwede sa correctional. hindi puwede sa city jail o saan mang kulungan. may i suggest this beast be confined together with Lolong, the most respected and honored

national treasure the philippines now became known for? para meron namang mapaglaruan yung pobreng buwaya at ma-stimulate yung appetite niya.
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MPRivera - November 25, 2011 6:48 pm alam ko merong kokontra. sasabihin igalang bilang dating presidente ng pilipinas at huwag tratuhin ng ganyan. tanong ko naman BAKIT? kailang siya ibinoto ng taong bayan bilang presidente?

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TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 25, 2011 8:00 pm Mags, sabi ni Erap, sa public hospital daw dapat. Makatuwiran. Payag ako. At dahil sa Pasay RTC ang kaso dapat sa Pasay General Hospital ang hospital

arrest. Sa pagkakaalam ko, wala pang nabuhay na pasyente diyan kahit sipon lang ang sakit. Patay General Hospital nga ang tawag diyan. Tamang-tama pagtawid mo lang sa Libertad dalawang punerarya ang sasalubong sayo Yung Veronica at Rizal.
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juggernaut - November 25, 2011 8:54 pm Para umamin ang mga yan dapat tawagin si H ng unthinkable di ba,jug!!! - hilman Napanood mo rin pala yun? hahaha Kung si H titira diyan malamang literally tanggal na ang betlog ni Topacio? Nabasa ko kanina inaalok daw ni Erap resthouse niya sa Tanay? Pwede na para sa akin yun actually pero grabe yung mga reaction ng mga tao parang wala talagang naaawa kay Arroyo.

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ocayvalle - November 25, 2011 9:24 pm nakakatawa naman ang mga spokeperson ni GMA, sabi ni lambino, hindi daw puede isa publiko ang sakit ni GMA dahil ayon daw sa saligang batas, presidente lang ang puwedeng isapubliko ang health condition.. si lambino, di na nahiya, ang kapal ng mukha magsinungaling, dati si horn, ganun din kung magsinungaling, parang na alala ko tuloy si mike defensor, isa ding alipores ni GMA na harap harapan kung mag sinungaling, sabi niya nuon sa hello garci tape thats GMA`s voice, but she`s not the one talking.. baka ganun din ang ibig sabihin ni lambino..iyong nakikita natin ay hindi n si GMA.. naku tamaan sana lahat kayong mga alipores ni GMA na mga sinungaling ng kidlat..!!

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saxnviolins - November 25, 2011 11:51 pm

If Mupas grants the request for house arrest, I hope his order is specific. Remember the woman has a house in California. Magkaka-issue na naman ng interpretation of compliance yan, like the Supreme Court TRO. Your Honor, can I go home to my house in Cartagena, Colombia.
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bayonic - November 26, 2011 4:15 am -from the news Talking to reporters outside the court after the hearing adjourned at past 10 a.m., Arroyos legal spokesperson, Raul Lambino, insisted that because she was no longer president, she did not have to make a full disclosure on her state of health. And when did she ceased being president ? Yesterday? We were not born yesterday so we remember all those medical bulletins by her attending physicians , and all the interviews of her legal,illegal and filial spokespersons where

they explained in detail the supposedy lifethreatening yet mysterious affliction that their client/employer/mother was suffering from which required her to travel abroad. Its time to face the music but you better stop singing looney tunes. May I suggest BILANGGO , KARMA CHAMELEON and the ever popular MY WAY. And if youve had enough of singing , assuming you survived My Way, I recommend requesting a sojourn at a jail in Cebu where you could try some fancy aerobics with worldfamous inmates.
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Rudolfo - November 26, 2011 6:40 am Sabi ng anak ni GMA, na si Datu,(ikinalat sa Bicol, baka sakaling kauna-unahang maging pangulo ng bansa galing Bicol y Bicolano ), matapang daw ang kanyang Ina..Totoo ang sinabi niya, kung di nga naman matapang ( kahit na di sa tamang proseso, conspiracy

Edsa-2, 2004 and 2007 election sabotahe, at mga around 60-plus na mga kasong matitindi, etc.), malulusutan ba niya ang mga iyon (pati yata institusyon ng PMA-na inasahan ng Bansa na magtatangol sa Pilipino, kasama na ang SC..). Ngayon, kahit na ang scripted na pagkakasakit ( na kahit magmukhang poodled chain sa leeg, para kaawaan ng DOJ at mga boss ni pangulong Pinoy, matapang pa din daw..Sino ngayon ang talagang matapang ?..si Mike A. ba o si GMA, mga anak ?..ang tunay na katapangan ay humarap sa hustisya via Ombudsman at DOJ, at aminin ang pagkaka-sala ( plunder and election sabotage ), ng wala ng mga Lambino at Topacio y Horny..silay nakakadagdag lang ng inis o yamot ng bansang mamamayan, kay GMA. Mabuti pa,magpakulong na lang siya, sa pamamagitang ng kababaang loob o humilty, kaysa mag-pa-ala-lay sa mga nawawalang prinsipyo ng mga abogado niya, nagmumukhang pera sila, at luma-labo ang

mga karunungan sa mga batas. Malinaw naman talagang, ang 9-na taong GMA-term, ay punong-puno ng kababalaghan, at pagpapayaman at, baluktot ( based from the harekire ni Hen. Angie Reyes, Col. Santiago, Ligot-Garci, Hello Garci, Ampatuan connection, ang pag-avoid ng US President na ma-one-on-one si poodled-chained lady, at, marami pang iba )buhay naman siya ( maaaring magkaroon ng pardon din ) malayo sa lethal-electric injectionmy analysis..
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chijap - November 26, 2011 7:38 am Raul Lambino (on house arrest): Hindi po ito special treatment. The president should not be equated to ordinary people. There are security risks involved, especially sinasabi nilang maraming galit sa kanya. Common people have no security risk?

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chijap - November 26, 2011 7:44 am

Raul Lambino: There may be other ailments that (Mrs. Arroyo) does not want the public to know. Remember she is no longer the president, so her health is no longer a matter of national security. Does that include side effects due to a corrective operation which she denied involving a certain decades old enhancement? To Mr. Lambino, GMA is also under arrest so if her reason she is not in a detention cell is because of a sickness, she is under obligation to tell us what it is.
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chijap - November 26, 2011 7:53 am #57 thanks snv.

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chijap - November 26, 2011 8:01 am Not a fan of Erap, but here is a man askin why should GMA be getting a better treatment when she did not do the same to ERAP then.

http://www.abscbnnews.com/nation/11/25/11/erap-putgloria-arroyo-public-hospital I cant believe it. Erap does get to laugh at GMA for now.
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chi - November 26, 2011 9:38 am #77. Hahahaha! Grabe ka tongue! Payag ako bah!

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TonGuE-tWisTeD - November 26, 2011 3:21 pm O siya, sige wag na sa Patay General. Dun na nga lang sa sinabi ni Erap. Sa V. Luna o Veterinarians Hospital (Dapat Veterans Hospital diba, kaso may pagkabulol talaga si Erap) na lang daw. Pag kinasuhan si Taba, sigurado, may sakit din yan. Dapat kabitan ng Bamboo brace.

Itusok sa puwit tapos itatagos hanggang bunganga.


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MPRivera - November 26, 2011 6:47 pm Tongue, magaling na si goyang kaya kung puwede ay yung rekomendasyon ko ang sundin kung saan ikukulong ang alibughang babaeng yan! Para naman sumaya si Lolong at magkaroon ng ganang kumain. Kailangan niya ng paglalaruan, eh. Sige na.

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MPRivera - November 26, 2011 6:48 pm makakalaro pala.

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chijap - November 30, 2011 1:59 am Topacio said SC justices are very interested in what the Arroyo lawyers have to say with

regard to constitutionality of the joint DOJComelec panel. (http://www.abscbnnews.com/nation/11/29/11/arroyolawyer-sees-way-out-former-president) Spokesman na rin pala si Topacio ng SC. I wonder ano nanaman sasabihin ni Topacio when the SC does not favor? Another type of acquittal via technicality scheme by the Arroyos. There are two reason why I think Topacio is speaking from his behind: he is running out of cards; or maybe hes speaking to the SC reminding them of who appointed them.
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saxnviolins - November 30, 2011 4:13 am Gunggong. Yun ang petition niya, so he will be grilled on it. That is why those are the points required for him to talk about.

The gauge? If Titong Mendoza argues, then it is viable; for he would not stake his reputation on a Hail Mary argument. Kung si One-ball ang papalo, ibig sabihin laro ng pulot boy yan, hindi laro nila Nadal.

Former president Gloria Arroyo believes that the Aquino administration has prejudged her, she said in an exclusive interview aired on GMA News 24 Oras with Arnold Clavio on Thursday. Na-prejudge ako ng bagong administrasyon. Gumagamit pa ngdemagoguery para sa ganun ay siraan ako ng tuluyan, the former President said. Siyempre kasi kung sisiraan ako, mukhang magaling siya, she continued, without naming President Benigno Aquino III. Arroyo, who is now the representative of Pampangas Second District, said she maintains peace of mind amid accusations.Malinis ang aking konsensiya sa aking pagkapangulo, bukod-tangi kong layunin ay maglingkod I did my best. I think no one will quarrel with my kasipagan. As of this posting, GMA News

Online is still waiting for presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda for comment. The former President is about to transfer from St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig to Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City on orders from a Pasay City Regional Trial Court. Clavio said that Arroyo's husband, Jose Miguel, and son, Mikey were with her in the hospital, and will remain by her side during the transfer. Other close friends also visited the ex-president as she prepared to leave for Veterans Memorial. On Arroyos health, Clavio reported that she is still seeking a second opinion on her medical condition from a US- based Filipino doctor. She is able to do morning and afternoon exercises as part of her therapy. Arroyo said her condition seems to be improving, but she is still unable to get an official diagnosis on her disease. Eto, gumagaling na itong operasyon ko bagama't hindi natin alam kung tuluyang hindi na babalik dahil wala pa tayong official diagnosis doon sa sinusupetsahang metabolic bone disease. Clavio noted that her disposition

seemed to be positive, and that she drew strength from her family, especially her two grandchildren. Parang tiwala siya na malulusutan niya itong mga kasong hinaharap ngayon, Clavio noted. AL/VS, GMA News

Pasay judge sets Arroyo arraignment for Feb. 20


Miko Morelos Philippine Daily Inquirer
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5:43 am | Thursday, January 26th, 2012 0share4 4

Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

The Pasay Regional Trial Court dismissed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyos motion to recall an arrest warrant against her, paving the way for her arraignment for electoral fraud on Feb. 20. Judge Jesus Mupas in a three-page order Wednesday said there was reasonable belief of Arroyos involvement in electoral sabotage and this was enough to justify the arrest order against her and two others. Arroyos lawyers had argued that the court acted in undue haste and without enough evidence when it issued the arrest order just hours after the Commission on Elections and the justice department filed the case. Despite the thick records of the case and the lack of authenticated documents, Mupas issued the warrant before the court day ended on November 18, defense lawyers noted. The arrest order was served on the former President at her room at the St. Lukes Hospital in Taguig later that night. The court warrant averted a showdown between the administration and the Supreme Court, which had earlier granted Arroyo a temporary restraining order (TRO) on a hold-departure issuance by the

Department of Justice because no case had yet been filed against her. Treatment overseas sought On November 16, the former President attempted to leave the country ostensibly to seek medical treatment overseas for a bone disorder. Despite the TRO, she was stopped by the Aquino government. In junking the motion to reconsider the arrest order, Mupas said It is worth stressing that the finding of probable cause does not touch the issue of guilt or innocence of the accused. All that the court did was to weigh the evidence presented together with the affidavits and resolutions, and determine if there was enough reason to believe that a crime has been committed and that the accused are probably guilty thereof, he continued. Mupas acknowledged that the bone of contention by the accused revolved on the propriety of the court in the issuance of the arrest warrant against Arroyo, also a Pampanga representative. When the complaint was filed before this court, and upon direct assessment of facts the court made an honest belief that there were reasonable grounds

on which such belief was founded, which cannot be negated for want of evidence, the court explained. Arroyos counsel argued that the rap sheet lacked authenticated documents that would support the alleged commission of the crime, particularly evidence that would point to the accused forging disputed election documents. Such grounds were merely evidentiary in nature, the court said, and it could be discussed at length during the trial proper. Lack of evidence Any claims of lack of evidence, as raised by defense lawyers, would also be tackled during the trial, the court added. The issuance of [the] warrant of arrest is just a prefatory and not a final judgment, the court said. It is worth stressing that the finding of probable cause does not touch the issue of guilt or innocence of the accused. With the junking of Arroyos motion to recall the arrest warrant, the court set her arraignment on February 20.

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