Gloria Arroyo still hopes to post bail

Posted at 01/07/14 7:00 PM

MANILA - The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is still hoping that she will be allowed to post bail despite facing a plunder case before the Sandiganbayan.

This is the reason why she has not asked the anti-graft court to grant her house arrest on humanitarian grounds amid calls that she be allowed to stay home due to her deteriorating health.

Arroyo is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center after being charged with the alleged plunder of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.

Arroyo's spokesman Raul Lambino said the former leader still hopes to be granted bail and a motion for house arrest may just "clutter the situation."

Lambino explained that the Sandiganbayan has yet to resolve a second motion for bail, which they filed. This motion for bail was meant to supplement the first bail motion filed and which was subsequently denied by the Sandiganbayan First Division.

While plunder is a non-bailable offense, the court can grant bail if evidence of guilt is weak.

The court has yet to rule on the second motion for bail, which is in turn grounded on Arroyo's medical condition and which cited doctors' testimonies.

Lambino said the separate motion "is anchored on the fact on humanitarian grounds and health reasons following recommendations of doctors that it will be better for her to be granted bail. We cited jurisprudence of the Supreme Court where person who is sick, old, is not going to get well under detention."

"We have cited them in motion. Sandiganbayan heard the motion by calling doctors to testify on Arroyo's heath condition."