It's final: SC clears Arroyo of plunder raps

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Former president, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — It's now final.

Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been cleared of plunder charges in connection with an alleged misuse of P366-M intel fund when she was still the country's chief executive.

This after the Supreme Court, voting 11-5, junked on Tuesday a motion from the Office of the Solicitor General to reconsider the high court's ruling in July last year acquitting Arroyo for insufficiency of evidence.

The high court said it had granted Arroyo's demurrers to evidence and any attempt to reconsider the decision would amount to double jeopardy.

The acquittal of Arroyo's co-accused, Benigno Aguas, had also been upheld by the magistrates.

Related: SC releases decision to dismiss plunder case vs Arroyo

Arroyo was acquitted last year with the same 11-4 vote, with the same justices voting against the majority: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Sr. Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The two new justices appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte, namely Samuel Martires and Noel Tijam, joined the majority in acquitting Arroyo.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.