Lacson, Bayan blame weak case for GMA bail

Posted at 07/25/2012 1:36 PM | Updated as of 07/25/2012 1:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson and umbrella group Bayan on Wednesday blamed the govenment's weak electoral sabotage case that allowed former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to post bail.

In a statement, Lacson said the granting of bail shows that the Department of Justice-Commission on Elections panel failed to file charges against Mrs. Arroyo that would stick.

"One obvious lesson learned from the experience is, we cannot build up a strong case through press releases and media interviews," he said.

"Rather, it takes hard work and the gift of skill and well-rounded knowledge of law, not to mention the rules of court and proper legal procedures to accomplish the same."

Similarly, Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes blamed the Aquino administration for filing a supposedly weak case against the former President.

"(President Aquino) is also responsible for filing the cases, for gathering evidence, for making sure that these cases will stand in court…We all know that GMA is guilty of many more [charges]. Unfortunately, the election sabotage case appears to be a weak case that is why the judge favored the bail petition," he said.

Reyes criticized the government for acting slowly on the numerous anomalies where Arroyo was allegedly involved.

He urged the Aquino administration to file more charges against Mrs. Arroyo, especially those involving human rights violations during the previous administration.

Members of Bayan and women’s group Gabriela held a rally in front of the Veterans' Memorial Medical Center after news on Arroyo’s bail approval broke Wednesday morning.

Arroyo has already posted P1 million in bail and is expected to go back to her home in La Vista Subdivision today, her lawyer said.