Presumptive President Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he had offer the former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a pardor once he become President.
“Ayaw niya. I offered her. I said, ‘When I become President, I will pardon you.’ I talked to her. Sabi ko, ‘Ma’am, gusto mo i-pardon kita?’Not because we’re friends but because I do not think there is a good case against you as a prosecutor and as a lawyer,” the incoming President told reporters.
“Ayaw ko kasi to be eligible for pardon you have to admit the sin” Duterte quoted the former president as saying.
He added that the case filed against Arroyo does not have a solid foundation adding that the intelligence funds are really difficult to itemize.
“Look, alam mo kasi, ganito iyan eh, I am ready to grant pardon kay Arroyo. Let me explain. Si Arroyo, to my mind, should also be released kasi iyong lahat ng demanda in connection with the Sweepstakes expenditure ng intelligence funds, nasa labas na. Si Arroyo lang ang hanggang ngayon ang nandiyan,” he said.
“And I said, ako as Mayor of many years, I used to handle also intelligence fund so nakikita ko ngayon how can you account properly iyong intelligence fund na iligay mo lang naman diyan ah expenses or paying the persons patrolling the streets at this hour, ganoon, kapag may Kadayawan tayo, ganoon,” he added.
“She has been detained for so long. The trial delayed. Alam mo, under the Constitution, ground for dismissal iyan with prejudice. Meaning, you cannot file the case again when you are denied a speedy trial. Dapat talaga mabilis, she has been there for two years na. Kaawa naman. Walang trial trial. Kung trial araw-araw, there is nothing to be complaining about,” Duterte said.
source: GMA News