Lawyer ‘puzzled’ by Arroyo’s continued detention

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Monday, June 23, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A counsel for Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Pampanga, second district) on Monday said that "it is puzzling" that the former President is continuously being detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) while hopes for her repeated petitions for bail remain dim, despite some charges having been dropped by the court.

"It's really a puzzle to us. In the recent plunder case, the prosecution has rested its case and they are just preparing the formal presentation of exhibits leading to its dismissal. Maybe that is why many see this as persecution as many of her co-accused had been granted bail," said Raul Lambino, a member of Mrs. Arroyo's legal team.

"She remains in detention at VMMC despite the urgent call by doctors at St. Luke's Hospital two weeks ago that she be allowed to go home to Pampanga where her chances of recovering from her deteriorating condition is high," he added.

He told Sun.Star Pampanga that Mrs. Arroyo, according to attending doctors, has better chances of recuperating if she was with her family and relatives.

"She has a better chance of seeking the best treatment here. Anyway, the former President had vowed that she will not leave the country as she wants to continue serving her constituents. Being allowed to post bail will give her more time with her family," said Lambino.

"As a lawyer, I could say that she will be acquitted as Mrs. Arroyo has committed no crime. Even iyung plunder charge ay hindi ma-prove dahil hindi naman siya talaga tumanggap ng pera. At iyung electoral sabotage case naman ay matagal ng wala. We really think it is now mere persecution," he added.

Strong willed, high spirited

Lambino emphasized that amid the alleged persecution, Arroyo remains strong-willed and high-spirited.

"She has never been remiss of her duties and responsibilities, working almost 24 hours for her kabalens. She does not want her constituents to be deprived of better opportunities. Kapampangans are well attended to," he said.

"Mrs. Arroyo remains strong-willed and high-spirited despite of what she is going through. She has never wavered even in the midst of persecution," concluded Lambino. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 24, 2014.

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