The original ponente of the case, Justice Diosdado Peralta, earlier inhibited from handling the case on the ground that his brother-in-law, lawyer Cornelio Aldon, is representing one of the respondents in the plunder case, referring to Raymundo Roquero, a former member of the PCSO board of directors.
Aside from Arroyo, petitioners in the case were Roquero and Nilda Plaras, former COA-Region 5 director and former head of the agency's intelligence unit.
The temporary restraining order earlier issued by the Court on Plaras's petition to stop her
arrest and the proceedings at the Sandiganbayan, however, does not automatically cover Arroyo and Roquero
since their inclusion would still be deliberated on by the en banc in the next session.
Leonen, a former dean of UP law, as ponente, will make a recommendation to the en banc if Arroyo and Roquero
should be included in the TRO issued on Plaras.
Last November 20, the high court came out with a resolution ordering the consolidation of the case of Plaras with Roquero
and Arroyo, and assign the case to the en banc court from the Third Division.
Aside from Arroyo, Plaras and Roquero, also charged at the Sandiganbayan were former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte; Benigno Aguas, former assistant general manager; Sergio Valencia, ex-PCSO chairman; former PCSO board members Manuel Morato, Jose Taruc V, and Maria Fatima Valdez; and Reynaldo Villar, former chairman of COA.