More Gloria Macapagal Arroyo execs charged with plunder

Former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez on Monday included Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and seven other ex-officials of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (Owwa) in the plunder case he had filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In his amended complaint with the Department of Justice (DoJ), Chavez said Baldoz and the other labor officials were remiss in their duty to protect the funds sourced from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Chavez claimed the officials illegally diverted some P550 million in Owwa funds to finance PhilHealth’s distribution of health cards. The program was purportedly designed to boost Arroyo’s presidential candidacy in 2004.

Speaking with reporters, Chavez said Owwa funds were “private, special trust funds” which should not “co-mingle” with public funds from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

“There is nothing in the Constitution or any statute that authorizes even the President or the board of trustees of Owwa to transfer this money belonging to the OFWs to Philhealth,” he said.

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  • UP nn grad

    This is good ( and it shows exactly what the Corona Supreme Court decision is about EO-1 witch hunts). The Corona Supreme Court decision is against THE-STATE — the STATE can not assume guilt and then find evidence to prove the guilt.

    The Corona Supreme Court puts no restriction on Manuel Buencamino or on citizen-Chavez to do the witch hunting. Every day is always open season, there are no restrictions on citizens to look for evidence against Guu-lllLLLL-oooRRR-yyyYYYAAAA ( or Noynoy or BongBong, Ochoa or Lacierda, JP-Enrile or Merci or Trillanes or that dude-congressman currently “guest” of HongKong government).

    Which is why “WhistleBlower” protection — very important.
    Which is why “Freedom of Information” — very important.

    • Manuel Buencamino

      which is why gloria needs people like you

      • UP nn grad

        Interestingly, there was never a case brought against GMA saying that she initiated a witch hunt. No GMA witch hunt to harass presidente Erap (what she got to accomplish — Davide (plus cvj, MLQ3, the surge-against-the-gate folks) and a number of Metro-Manila citizens helped with that). GMA did not do a witchhunt against Cory or any other Aquino-surnamed folks after Cory (and Noynoy) joined the GMA-talsik-diyan bandwagon.

        You’d think that broadband-whistleblower Lozada would have made court-case filings to complain “government persecution, guilty unless proven innocent” but he did not.

        Please if what I thought got printed in the media have mistakes, manuB. You may want Ochoa to help look for other material, too.

        • UP nn grad

          GMA administrationn did not get to push through the Freedom-Information law, boo against her. And those desparecidos and outright media- and political killings during her administration, a blotch on whatever she says were accomplished during her years in Malacanang. And of course, not to forget, the bottom-fishing negative SWS / Pulse survey numbers, such an embarassment so belly-tlue belly tlue.