We are deeply saddened and disheartened by the news that former Governor Grace Padaca of Isabela is now subject of a warrant of arrest for a criminal case pending before the Sandiganbayan.
notwithstanding, we believe in the innocence of the former governor and
Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Government Service. We also believe that in
the end the truth will prevail and that she will be absolved.
have no doubt in my mind that Governor Grace is a woman of principle and
integrity, and that this criminal case is but an effort by her
political adversaries to bring her down.
In addition, the fact
that the project in question is now in limbo because of this case—a
project means to uplift the plight of farmers in the province—is another
most unfortunate development.
In the end, I trust that our
system of justice will strike down this grave injustice to the former
governor and to our rice farmers in the province of Isabela.