SC releases decision to dismiss plunder case vs Arroyo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Supreme Court on Thursday released the official copy of its decision to junk the plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in connection with the alleged misuse of charity funds during her term.

Voting 11-4, the high court dismissed the case because of insufficient evidence and ordered Arroyo's immediate release from hospital detention.

SC Spokesperson Theodore Te announced the decision in a press conference on Tuesday.

The decision had to first be signed by all 15 members of the court, each one indicating support or opposition to the majority opinion, before it is released.

The justices who dissented from the majority decision were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, and Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa.

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Arroyo was arrested in October 2012 on charges that she misused ₱366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from 2008 to 2010.

Timeline: The Gloria Arroyo PCSO plunder case

She was held at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City after being diagnosed with cervical spondylosis, a degenerative disease of the bones and cartilage of the neck.

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