Arroyo files plea for hospital arrest

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012


MANILA -- Lawyers of former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday filed an urgent motion to place their client under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).

The former President has been confined at the government hospital since Thursday morning for "generalized body weakness", dehydration and numbness, a day after the Sandiganbyan ordered her arrest over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

The arrest warrant for the non-bailable plunder offense was served on her Thursday afternoon.

Arroyo had previously been allowed by a Pasay City court to be placed under hospital arrest from December 2011 to July this year on charges of electoral sabotage. Her petition for bail was granted by the court in July.

On Monday, a medical bulletin issued by the VMMC stated that Arroyo's dehydration is "already corrected".

“Her dehydration is already corrected except for her serum potassium which is below normal by 0.3, but this is easily addressed by the continuous hydration,” the bulletin read.

Arroyo and her co-accused in the plunder suit are set to be arraigned before the Sandiganbayan on October 15, 8:30 a.m. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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