Pasay court grants CGMA’s hospital arrest

November 21, 2011 11:03 pm 

MANILA, November 21 — The Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Monday has granted the request of the camp of former president and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a temporary hospital arrest until the time when issues surrounding her arrest on electoral sabotage raps are discussed.

Pasay City RTC Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas allowed the 64-year old Arroyo’s continued stay at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig City for “humanitarian reasons.”

“The court has already granted the request considering her health condition and also for humanitarian reason,” said clerk of court Atty. Joel Pelicano in a press conference after yesterday’s hearing.

Arroyo was staying at St. Lukes since last week when she and her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, were prevented by immigration authorities from leaving the country ostensibly for her to seek medical treatment.

On Friday, the Commission on Election (Comelec) filed electoral sabotage case against her and former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and former election supervisor Lintang Bedol before the Pasay RTC in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2007 mid-term polls.

Electoral sabotage is a non-bailable offense, especially if the evidence is strong.

The case was raffled to Mupas’ sala which issued a warrant for her arrest. Arroyo was booked by the police last Saturday.

Earlier, one of Arroyo’s lawyers, Jose Flaminiano filed a petition with the court seeking her continued detention at the hospital considering her current health condition.

He also cited the directive of President Benigno Aquino III to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to accord the former chief executive with utmost respect.

Pelicano said the prosecution panel did not oppose Arroyo’s request. (PNA)

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