Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez proves anew her loyalty to the Arroyo’s. As if on queue with the homecoming of Cito Lorenzo, she filed charges for mere malversation of funds against Bolante and Lorenzo instead of Plunder in connection with the Fertlizer Fund Scam. The charge does matter. Malversation is bailable, while plunder is not. Moreover, despite the fact that Mrs. Arroyo no longer enjoys immunity, she did not include her in the charge sheet. What was the use of sitting on the fertilizer scam case for 5 years if she did not charge one who no longer has presidential immunity after she finally took action on the case? The Filipino people are screwed anew. When evidence was submitted by the Senate that 728 Million of taxpayers money was spent for liquid fertilizers intended for orchids, delivered to non-existent framers groups, and diluted with water, these were already at least three separate criminal acts that qualified the scam into an act of plunder. This decision, therefore, is legally erroneous, disadvantageous and malicious against the Filipino people.
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