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GMA allowed to attend brother’s wake

Aug 11, 2015 @ 7:17

Former president and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been allowed to leave detention again- this time to attend the wake of her brother Arturo who died of cancer.

The Sandiganbayan 1st Division granted Arroyo’s request to attend the wake at the Heritage Park in Taguig City on August 11, 12, and 14, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Arroyo initially asked for a five-day furlough.

In her motion, Arroyo pleaded to the court that she be allowed to attend her brother’s wake from 1 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday, August 11, until Friday, August 14, and to attend the burial on Saturday, August 15.

The detained former president told the court that their family has yet to finalize the details of the burial, but promised the court that it will be furnished with details on Wednesday or Thursday.

“The Court shall issue another resolution as regards the accused’s prayer for authority to attend the burial after she shall have informed the Court of the details thereof,” the First Division said.

Arroyo is facing 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 has been under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City since October 2012.

Arroyo’s lawyer Laurence Arroyo said their camp was thankful for the court’s compassion.

He, however, said that Mrs. Arroyo was “devastated” upon hearing about her brother’s demise.

“I haven’t met with her yet, but I heard that she is devastated by the news because as you may know, the court yesterday granted her petition to visit him. Unfortunately, hindi na siya nakaabot na buhay ang kapatid niya,” Atty. Arroyo said.

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