Palace wishes Arroyo peace this Yuletide season

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

MALACAÑANG on Thursday welcomed the decision of Sandiganbayan anti-graft court allowing the family of former president and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stay with her for longer hours during Christmas and New Year in a state hospital in Quezon City where she has been detained.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace wishes Arroyo peace and goodwill for the season.

“Ikinagagalak namin na pinahintulutan ng Sandiganbayan ang dating Pangulong Arroyo na ipagdiwang ang Pasko at Bagong Taon na makapiling ang kanyang pamilya," he said.

The First Division of Sandiganbayan has granted the petition of Arroyo's camp to allow her family to celebrate the holidays with her at Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she has been detained.

The anti-graft court has said that Arroyo's family could be with her on December 24, 25, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Arroyo is facing plunder case before the Sandiganbayan in relation to alleged misuse of the intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during her term.

Asked of Malacanang's wish to the former president, Coloma said, "Lahat naman po tayo ay umaasa na ang katahimikan at ang kapayapaan at ang kabutihan ang iiral sa panahon ng Kapaskuhan." (SDR/Sunnex)

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