A division of the Sandiganbayan has allowed former President and re-elected Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of Pampanga to file a demurrer to evidence against the graft and ethics complaint filed against her before the court.
“Accused Ma. Gloria M. Macapagal-Arroyo’s motion for leave to file demurrer is granted, and as prayed for, the accused is directed to file her demurrer to evidence,” according to a resolution from fourth division released on Friday, June 24.
The anti-graft court also allowed Arroyo to file her opposition within a “non-extendible” period of 10 days.
Earlier in June, Arroyo filed “Motions for Leave to File Demurrer to Evidence” in relation to her involvement in the anomalous National Broadband Network-Zhong Xing Telecommunications Equipment Limited (NBN-ZTE) deal in 2007.
The motion contains Arroyo’s objections to the pieces of evidence presented in the case which, the former chief executive claimed, were insufficient.
A demurrer to evidence is a “declaration that the party making it, generally the defendant, will not proceed, because the evidence offered on the other side is not sufficient to maintain the issue” according to the official website of the University of the Philippines. Chrisheil Acal