Arroyo seeks house arrest after Enrile decision
CITING a Supreme Court’s decision allowing Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile to post a P1-million bail for plunder, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday maintained that she must be granted house arrest.
Mrs. Arroyo represented by her lawyer Laurence Hector Arroyo said she and Enrile are “similarly situated.”
The former President is “of fragile health and is a non-flight risk,” it added.
After the government prosecution’s objection, Mrs. Arroyo filed a reply with the Sandiganbayan’s First Division, justifying her house arrest petition.
While the Supreme Court order involved Enrile’s bail plea and Mrs. Arroyo’s petition was about her house arrest, the camp of Arroyo said both are anchored on the same circumstances.
Mrs. Arroyo “has undergone three major surgeries and she has yet to fully recover from her bone and other illnesses as certified by veteran government doctors,” the petition added.
Mrs. Arroyo is facing a plunder suit for the questionable release of P366 million in confidential and intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds during her presidency.
In May, two other lawyers of Mrs. Arroyo, Modesto Ticman and Larry Gadon, said their client was still weak and frail, and that her health was not even improving.
They urged the Sandiganbayan to allow Mrs. Arroyo to stay either in Lubao, Pampanga or at La Vista, Quezon City.
In July, Mrs. Arroyo requested the Sandiganbayan anew to allow her to post a bail.
The former President has been under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since October 2012.
On Aug. 18, voting 8-4, the high court granted Enrile’s petition to post bail in connection with his plunder trial from his alleged involvement in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund.