Senator Kiko Pangilinan’s statement on DOJ’s decision Re: GMA

November 9, 2011

Press Statement
November 9, 2011

We support the decision of Secretary Leila De Lima. Both Mike and Gloria Arroyo are facing a string of criminal cases now being investigated by the Ombudsman. Clearly, the temptation for them to flee and evade criminal prosecution cannot simply be ignored.

Should the Arroyos leave the country, never to return, it would be a big blow to the anti-corruption efforts of this administration.  The decision is consistent with the anti-corruption campaign of this government. They have other legal remedies that they may avail of should they disagree with this decision, but this decision has to be made to send a signal to our people that this administration is serious in its anti-corruption efforts.