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Arroyo allowed to spend X’mas, New Year at home

Detained former president and incumbent Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be spending Christmas and New Year holidays with her family at their La Vista residence in Quezon City.

This after the Supreme Court (SC) allowed her to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) where she is under hospital arrest from 8 am of December 23 to 5 pm of December 26.

Then at 8 am on December 30, Arroyo is once again allowed to go back to La Vista to spend the New Year there until 5 pm of January 2, 2016.

“It is understood that notwithstanding the furloughs, the petitioner shall remain under preventive custody of the law,” the SC resolution stated.

Arroyo has filed an urgent motion for house arrest while her bail petition remains pending before the 1st Division of the Sandiganbayan.

The court is hearing the plunder case against Arroyo over the alleged misuse of P366 million fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).