After 500 days, still no cases filed against Arroyo—CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
November 09, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has dismissed as insignificant the Aquino regime's denial of a travel permit for Gloria Arroyo and her retinue, saying the ban could easily be overruled or its enforcement held in abeyance by the reactionary courts.

The CPP issued the statement in reaction to yesterday's annoucement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it was turning down Arroyo's request to go abroad for medical treatment. Arroyo's lawyers have already filed for a temporary restraining order before the Supreme Court, opening the possibility for her to leave the country for good and evade criminal proceedings against her.

"The more important issue is that the Aquino regime has wasted its almost 500 days in office in failing to file a single case against Gloria Arroyo and prosecute her for the high crimes of plunder and electoral fraud as well as war crimes committed against the Filipino people during her nine-year rule," said the CPP.

The CPP pitted the Aquino regime's grinding pace against the fact that several investigations had already been conducted and so much information disclosed, all of them pointing to Arroyo's criminal culpability in cases such as the ZTE bribery scandal, the fertilizer fund scam, fraud in the 2004 and 2007 elections and the campaign of extrajudicial killings coordinated directly by her top security and military officials.

The CPP slammed Aquino, saying his anti-Arroyo rhetoric will always have a hollow ring as long as his regime does not succeed in actually prosecuting and punishing Arroyo and her cohorts for their antipeople crimes.