Akbayan rejects house panel move to adopt Resolution granting Arroyo house arrest

Akbayan rejects house panel move to adopt Resolution granting Arroyo house arrest

Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez earlier today rejected the move of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice to adopt a Resolution supporting the grant of house arrest to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is under hospital detention over alleged misuse of P366 million funds for the Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Gutierrez, who was the sole lawmaker who voted against the motion, emphasized that granting Arroyo house arrest is akin to giving 'special privileges' to people who have the resources, power and people to represent their case.

"No one should be too big, even a former President, to escape accountability and the rule of law. That's how we prevent impunity, and that's how justice works," Gutierrez added.Read more

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