“We note the May 8, 2014 resolution of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing the graft complaint against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. We respect the findings of the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent constitutional body, which has the authority to decide on such cases filed before it,” said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. welcoming the decision of Ombudsman headed by Conchita Carpio-Morales.
The Ombudsman said there is no enough proof that former President Arroyo, now Pampanga Representative, has a personal hand or direct participation in the distribution of fertilizer fund to her allies for election purposes. Said fund was distributed to former president’s allies even to those representatives without agriculture sector in their district.
According to Task force Abono, “In this case, without proof that respondent actually authorized the acts complained of, she cannot be held liable for the illegal acts of her subordinates.”
“All of the documents submitted by complainant were prepared and signed by other persons, and not by respondent. Not one of them may be traced back to her. Thus, no reasonable conclusion may be made that she, directly or indirectly, took part in the alleged irregularities that attended the entire process in the release of the fund,” as stated in an eight-page decision. “All of the documents submitted by complainant were prepared and signed by other persons, and not by respondent. Not one of them may be traced back to her.”