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Palace respects decision

Malacañang said it respects the ruling of the Supreme Court junking the plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“The Supreme Court has spoken,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said in a text message to reporters shortly after news broke out about the imminent release of the former leader.

“Let us respect and abide by the High Court’s decision,” Andanar added.

Andanar affirmed that the Supreme Court has voted 11-4 to acquit Arroyo in connection with charges that she misused funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Arroyo earlier filed a petition before the High Court seeking the dismissal of her plunder case before the Sandiganbayan for lack of evidence.

The former leader has been detained at a government hospital in Quezon City for more than five years pending a trial in connection with plunder complaint filed against her by the previous administration. (Genalyn Kabiling)