“This is cold and callous,” Vice President Jejomar Binay describes the government prosecutors’ treatment on alleged plunderers former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “It opens government to charges that it lacks compassion for the sick and elderly. It also reinforces the widely-held view of selective justice under the present administration and invites criticisms that political opponents are treated harshly.”
Senator Enrile’s “on-going bout with pneumonia shows the fragility of his physical state. House arrest for him would be the compassionate thing to do,” the Vice President said in a statement.
While former President Arroyo “is also of frail health. Her petition for house arrest is being opposed by government prosecutors and her case has barely moved in court. The fact that the former president is a political opponent should not deprive her of the compassion that should be extended to all detainees similarly situated, regardless of political affiliation,” Binay adds.