Arroyo Hospital Arrest Approved By Court

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was arrested last Friday for alleged poll rigging, has been allowed by the Pasay Regional Trial Court to stay at the St. Luke’s Medical Center where she is confined.

Arroyo Hospital Arrest
Arroyo’s hospital arrest, reports said, is effective until Friday, November 25, 2011.

The decision was handed down by Judge Jesus Mupas, who handles the electoral sabotage case against the former president, following the request of Arroyo’s counsel, Atty. Jose Flaminiano, to allow a continued detention of Mrs. Arroyo given her frail health condition.

Flaminiano likewise cited the directive of President Aquino to accord the accused utmost respect being a former head of state.

He also mentioned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s position that she would not interpose objection to any request for a hospital or house arrest for Arroyo.

According to several sources, the Arroyo camp is preparing to formalize a motion seeking house arrest for the former chief executive, which, Flamininao reportedly said, will be filed in the following days.