Former President Gloria Arroyo receives her warrant of arrest (updated)

UPDATE: Former President Arroyo has received the warrant of arrest.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan issued a statement on twitter saying, “We welcome this latest devt. The Supreme Court TRO for all intent and purposes becomes ineffectual because of the latest turn of events. This is clearly is a victory for justice and public accountability.”

Senator TG Guingona III also tweeted a statement: “This is a good day for justice. Opposing parties have said their arguments and the Supreme Court and lower court acted accordingly.”

The Justice Secretary, Leila De Lima issued a statement upon the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mrs. Arroyo by the Regional Trial Court of Pasay:

“Today, the Pasay Regional Trial Court branch 112 issued a warrant of arrest for Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, after reviewing the electoral sabotage case filed by the COMELEC. In light of this recent development, the issues surrounding the Temporary Restraining Order from the Supreme Court have become moot and academic. Thus, Mrs. Arroyo is compelled to stay in the country, and face the charges of electoral sabotage filed against her, bringing us closer to uncovering the truth behind the controversies surrounding the 2007 elections.

Rest assured that throughout the judicial process, the government will exercise fairness and impartiality, and will uphold every right that Mrs. Arroyo, as an accused, is entitled to under the constitution.

For a legal proceeding that has great implications, not just to the integrity of our electoral system, but also to the very principles of our nation’s democracy, it is our desire that truth and accountability prevail, and that the Filipino people are finally given the justice they truly deserve.”

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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.