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29 Oct 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A Philippines court entered a not guilty plea on behalf of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday. Arroyo is accused of misappropriating $8.8 million in state lottery funds while in office. The judge entered the plea for Arroyo because she refused to enter a … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Former Philippines President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has filed a bill [BusinessWorld report] seeking to allow the country's Department of Justice [official website] to grant "medical parole" to sick inmates. In particular, the three-page Medical Parole Act of 2012 [text, … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] An anti-graft court in the Philippines on Thursday ordered the arrest of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in a corruption case alleging the misuse of state lottery funds. This is the third corruption case pending against Arroyo, who made bail in July [JURIST report] after … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A regional court of the Philippines on Tuesday granted bail to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] who was detained on electoral fraud charges. The court reasoned that the evidence, based mainly on a single witness' testimony, was insufficient to bring the charges against the former … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Senate of the Philippines [official website] on Tuesday voted to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] on charges of violating the constitution through failure to declare his assets in a sworn statement. Renato was impeached on eight charges [JURIST report], but only one issue was brought to … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Monday released its 9-6 decision dismissing seven suits filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [NYT backgrounder] that challenged the constitutionality of the declaration of martial law she made in 2009. The court also determined that the suits were rendered moot … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to corruption charges before a special anti-graft court in the Philippines. The corruption charges stem from a government contract that Arroyo signed with a Chinese telecommunications company called … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text] Monday to the chief of staff of the Philippines military, Lt. Gen. Jesse Dellosa, urging the Philippines to act on multiple human rights abuses [press release] and hold violators accountable. HRW acknowledges that the reputation of the military has … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Philippines court on Tuesday issued an arrest order for the husband of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Jose Miguel Arroyo, on bribery charges. He was accused of accepting bribes to support the $329-million national broadband network deal with the Chinese company ZTE Corporation [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of electoral fraud. Arroyo is accused of rigging senate elections [AP report] in favor of the candidates she supported in 2007. Arroyo was formally charged in December with corruption and election fraud … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino [BBC profile] called for public support Thursday to encourage impeachment proceedings against Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile]. Aquino warned that the fight against corruption depended on the result [AFP report] of the impeachment. Aquino invoked the "people power" revolution, which gives Filipinos the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Philippine Senate [official website] on Monday began the impeachment trial [press release] of Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] for violating the constitution and the public trust in connection with the trial of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who originally appointed Corona to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2011
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Philippine authorities filed a second criminal complaint against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive], the former Philippine president who has been under hospital arrest [JURIST report] for previous charges of corruption and electoral fraud. The second complaint alleges that Arroyo approved a $329-million national broadband network deal with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A Philippines senior official was arrested on Tuesday amidst allegations that he was involved in illegal activities in connection with the 2007 congressional elections on the island of Mindanao. Former chief election official, Benjamin Abalos, surrendered and was taken into custody [NYT report] at a courthouse in the city … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2011
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The Philippine Congress voted Monday to impeach [press release] Chief Justice Renato Corona [official profile] for violating the constitution and the public trust in connection with the trial of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who originally appointed Corona to the Supreme Court. The impeachment … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The relatives of 57 people killed in a 2009 Philippines massacre on Tuesday sued former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for allegedly assisting the perpetrators. The families seek five million pesos (USD $345,000) from Arroyo for damages caused by her alleged support of the Ampatuan … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Philippine authorities formally charged former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with electoral sabotage Saturday, a day after she was arrested on a warrant [text] issued for charges of corruption and election fraud that occurred during her time as president. The Philippine Commission on Elections [official … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2011
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Philippine authorities arrested former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday in response to a warrant [text] issued that same day on charges of corruption and election fraud occurring during her time as president. Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room [AP report] where she … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2011
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] The Philippine Supreme Court [official website] issued a temporary restraining order [PDF] Tuesday allowing former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to leave the country despite accusations of corruption and electoral fraud. The court ruled 8 - 5 against government-imposed travel restrictions that started in August. Arroyo … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official website] on Tuesday urged lawmakers to enhance a controversial anti-terror law by removing provisions that deter authorities from using the law. The Human Security Act (HSA) [text, PDF], signed [JURIST report] in 2007 by then-president Gloria Arroyo, authorizes the 72-hour detention of suspects … [read more]

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