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Court allows Arroyo to stay at St. Luke’s for one night

Oct 15, 2015 @ 9:08

The Sandiganbayan First Division allowed former President Gloria Arroyo for a one night confinement in the posh St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon city for medical check-ups on her arm.

The court granted due to humanitarian considerations Arroyo’s furlough from Oct. 21, 2015, 9 a.m., to Oct. 22, 2015, 4 p.m.

Because of her cervical spine disease, Arroyo complained of numbness in her left arm and weakness in her grip.

Arroyo asked for a better hospital because the Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she is detained is not equipped for the tests.

Arroyo ran and won the Pampanga district seat after her term as president in 2010 in a supposed bid to be immune from suits amid allegations of massive corruption during her term.

But this supposed immunity backfired. Arroyo served her first term present in the plenary until she was ordered detained for plunder in 2012 over an alleged charity funds mess. Even while under detention, she won her reelection bid in 2013. She is seeking a third term in 2016.

Arroyo is placed under detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center as she faces plunder before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly using P366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from 2008 to 2010 for personal gain. She is in the hospital as she claimed to be suffering from a degenerative bone disease.

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