Detained Pampanga Rep. GMA allowed to visit sick brother
Former president and incumbent Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been allowed by the Sandiganbayan to visit her terminally ill brother on Tuesday, August 11.
The court gave Arroyo five hours, from 3 pm to 8 pm, to visit her older brother Arturo who is confined at the Makati Medical Center for prostate cancer, according to GMA News report.
In a motion submitted to the Sandiganbayan 1st Division on August 7, Arroyo requested a five-hour furlough, exclusive of travel time, to be with her 72-year-old brother.
“President Arroyo once again comes before the Honorable Court as a supplicant. She is constrained by terrible circumstances to ask the Honorable Court for permission to visit her brother as soon as possible, while he is still alive and can still recognize her,” Arroyo’s motion read.
Arroyo informed the court that her brother has been confined at MMC since July 2 and remains bed-ridden at its intensive care unit (ICU). She said her brother’s doctors are of the opinion that his condition may worsen in the coming days due to the advance stage of his ailment.
Arroyo is facing a plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of P366 million intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during her term as President.
She is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City since October 2012.
In granting her motion, the court said Arroyo must leave the VMMC not earlier than one hour before 3 p.m., which is the official start of the appointed time of her visit to her brother .
The court reminded Arroyo’s camp that the lawmaker must stay at the MMC only until 8 p.m. and “must be brought back immediately” to the VMMC afterward.
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