Mike Arroyo lawyer slams overnight stay ban in VMMC

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

THE camp of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo on Wednesday slammed the police's decision to bar him from staying overnight in the detention suite of his wife, ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

At the same time, the former leader is only allowed to get one hour of sunshine instead of two hours as recommended by her doctor. She is currently afflicted by a degenerative bone disease.

"This latest act of persecution betrays the malevolent and devilish nature of the Aquino administration, notwithstanding its exertion of supreme effort to paint itself as having a humane and just governance," said lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.

He also criticized President Benigno Aquino III for his vengeful attitude, calling him the "greatest disaster" in the country's recent history, even worse than a hundred storm surges.

"The Arroyo family will endure stoically this latest act of hate by the present government, as it has the numerous baseless charges, the constant barrage of scurrilous libels and other forms of harassment and discrimination," said Topacio.

The former president is detained at the Veteran's Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City for plunder charges in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

Recently, some 50 congressmen supported the resolution of 1-BAP party-list Representative Silvestre Bello III urging the Sandiganbayan to allow the Pampanga lawmaker to spend Christmas with her family for "humanitarian and compassionate considerations."

Malacanang and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. left it to the court to decide on the matter. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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