(Mugshot of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo?)
Within less than eight hours, former President now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was charged by the Comelec with committing electoral sabotage and then ordered to be arrested by the Pasay Regional Trial Court. Perhaps no other government official or politician accused of committing crime or corruption has been dealt charged and then ordered arrested with such speed.
Here's a portion of the report on the Comelec charging Arroyo from GMA NEWS TV.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday filed a case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for electoral sabotage in the 2007 elections.
According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, the Comelec filed the case at the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112 under Judge Jesus Mupas.
Former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and former election supervisor Lintang Bedol were included in the charge sheet but former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo was excluded for insufficient evidence.
In a text message to GMA News Online, Mrs. Arroyo's legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio said his official reaction to the filing of the case was "INAYKUPOO!"
Here's a portion of an ABS-CBN NEWS DOT COM report on the arrest warrant issued against Arroyo:
A Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge has issued an arrest warrant against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after she was charged with electoral sabotage by the Commission Elections (Comelec) on Friday morning.
Pasay RTC 112 Judge Jesus Mupas issued the arrest warrants for Arroyo, former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and former election supervisor Lintang Bedol.
As of posting time, Mrs. Arroyo was still at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City, but is booked to leave for Singapore at 5:10 p.m.
Ampatuan is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in connection with the Maguindanao massacre. Bedol is also under detention.
I am sure a lot of those who hate former President Macapagal-Arroyo are rejoicing at the apparent victory this represents. I haven't checked Twitter yet but I can already guess what the Tweets are going to be like.
Filing charges, of course is the first step, the question now is, CAN THEY CONVICT HER? WILL SHE SPEND AT LEAST ONE DAY IN JAIL?