SC orders Sandiganbayan to ‘drop’ Mike Arroyo from chopper deal case

SC orders Sandiganbayan to 'drop' Mike Arroyo from chopper deal case
MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Sandiganbayan to remove former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo from the list of accused in the graft case filed in relation to the anomalous purchase of secondhand helicopters in 2009.
In a resolution promulgated December 1, 2021, but was made public only on Sunday, April 10, the high court’s Special 3rd Division has reversed its January 2020 ruling that dismisses Arroyo’s petition.
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The recent ruling said “the element of conspiracy with a public officer was not established” by the Office of the Ombudsman and that they need to intervene “for the orderly administration of justice or to avoid oppression.”
The high court, through now-retired Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang said that while they are not a trier of facts, “after a judicial review of the case, the Court finds that the OMB (Office of the Ombudsman) has grossly misappreciated the attendant and clear facts in a manner that is tantamount to grave abuse of discretion amount to lack or excess of jurisdiction.”

Arroyo was implicated in the purchase of two secondhand helicopters and one brand new helicopter despite a warning from the National Police Commission to only buy brand new choppers.
The former first gentleman said the documents he has provided regarding true ownership of the helicopters should have been given weight by the investigators.

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