It's nuns' turn to visit Gloria Arroyo

Posted at 01/31/2014 3:48 PM

MANILA - After the visits of several national leaders and bishops, several Catholic nuns of different congregations are now planning to visit former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the hospital.

A statement from the Arroyo camp said the nuns, led by Mother Ma. Clarita Balleque , RVM and Sister Fely Declaro, have made arrangements to visit Mrs. Arroyo at 3 pm, Jan 31.

The information was relayed by Mrs. Arroyo's spokesman, Atty Raul Lambino.

"FPGMA and her family are thankful for these visits and show of support to her current health condition and legal predicament," Lambino said.

He added: "It is heartwarming that many have shown their compassion, sympathy and support to her despite the pressures exerted by the government to limit the time and number of visitors who can come to Veterans Memorial Medical Center."

On Sunday (Jan. 25), retired Tuguegarao Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan, Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena, Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar, Lucena Bishop Emilio Marquez and Nueva Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona visited Arroyo, who is currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center on a plunder charge.

The five prelates held Mass for the ailing former president and now Pampanga representative, who has been detained in the hospital since December 2011.

Arroyo has received a string of well-wishers at the VMMC, where she is under hospital arrest for alleged plunder. The former leader is suffering from cervical spondylosis (chronic wear of the spine).

Former critics of Arroyo have also visited her the past few months, including Jesus is Lord leader Eddie Villanueva, former AFP chief of intelligence service Victor Corpus, Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, and Lipa City Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.

Former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos already visited Arroyo at the hospital.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, who went to the VMMC last week, called her situation at the VMMC as “inhumane.”

In a statement, Lambino said the government has yet to present a single piece of solid evidence in the plunder charge against Mrs. Arroyo.

He said the former President's continued detention is severely affecting her health condition.

"She is now being punished for something that has not been proven yet," Lambino said.