Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo entered a not guilty plea to electoral sabotage charges when she faced a Pasay City court for her arraignment on Thursday, one of her lawyers said.
Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, who was one of those who accompanied Mrs. Arroyo to the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112, said the former President “very firmly” denied the charges lodged against her before the court.
“Wala naman po siya talagang kasalanan. Para sa amin, ang arraignment na ito ang first step towards acquittal sapagkat napakanipis naman po talaga nitong mga paratang laban sa ating dating Pangulo,” Topacio told reporters.
Mrs. Arroyo, in a statement sent to the media after her arraignment, said she chose to face the court, presided by Judge Jesus Mupas, to show that she respects the judicial process.
“Despite the continuous and massive vilification campaign against me and my family, I have always said that I will dispute all charges in the proper forum. I am submitting myself to this process not only to clear my name but also as part of my commitment to respect and abide by the rules and orders of our courts,” said Mrs. Arroyo, who now represents Pampanga’s second legislative district in the House of Representatives.
She added that she hopes that “our leaders uphold and our people have faith in the constitution and the rule of law.”
Source: GMA News