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DOJ lends 4 prosecutors to Comelec for poll fraud case vs. Gloria Arroyo

The Department of Justice on Friday assigned four prosecutors to help the Commission on Elections in the electoral sabotage trial of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other former officials linked to alleged 2007 poll fraud.   In Comelec en banc Resolution 9333 issued last Wednesday, the Comelec gave the go signal to the DOJ to designate additional prosecutors for the high-profile case.   The new additions to the Comelec prosecution team are:
  • Assistant State Prosecutor Mari Elvira Herrera
  • Assistant City Prosecutor Orlando Mariano
  • Associate Prosecutor Gerard Gaerlan
  • Associate Prosecutor Mark Roland Estepa.
  The four will be under the direct control and supervision of the Comelec through its prosecution team.    "Recognizing that the Comelec does not have sufficient number of legal officers to effectively prosecute such cases, the Comelec en banc promulgated Resolution No. 9333... resolving to authorize the Secretary of Justice to designate DOJ prosecutors, who shall assist the Comelec prosecution team in the prosecution of said electoral sabotage cases," the DOJ said.   Arroyo, currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, is facing electoral sabotage charges before a Pasay City court.   Aside from Arroyo, also facing the same charges are former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr, former Maguindanao poll supervisor Lintang Bedol, and former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.   Abalos is detained at the Southern Police District Jail while Bedol is detained at the Philippine National Custodial Center in Quezon City.    Ampatuan is detained at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Taguig City on charges of murder for the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre.  — ELR, GMA News