Arroyo appeals for Christmas time with family-A A +A
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
FORMER President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan First Division to allow her to spend the holidays with her family at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.
In a 10-page urgent motion filed by Arroyo's lawyer, Maria Rosario del Rosario, last December 13, Arroyo appealed to the anti-graft court to relax the strict visiting hours implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) since December 9.
"With the denial by the PSPG (Police Security and Protection Group) of accused GMA's appeal... (She) is left with no other plain, speedy and adequate remedy to make come true her fervent wish that she, like all members of the closely-knit Filipino families, be able to spend quality time with members of her family...except recourse to this Honorable Court," the petition said.
The former President said even her husband, lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo, was barred from staying overnight at her hospital suite and was told to leave the VMMC compound before 9:30 p.m.
Arroyo is detained at the VMMC over the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds worth P366 million. (Sunnex)