Palace: We understand GMA’s need for golf, cell phone

Posted at 06/17/2012 4:01 PM | Updated as of 06/18/2012 8:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang understands the plight of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, including her desire to play golf.

In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said: “We accept that…anybody in detention will have a restriction of liberties.”

Lawyer Raul Lambino said last week that his client is already missing playing golf and using her laptop and cell phone. Arroyo’s defense team had already requested before that she be allowed to use her gadgets.

Valte said, however, that “the gadgets and the occasional playing in the golf course, that’s not something that ordinary detention prisoners are accorded.”

She said it’s now up to the Commission on Elections to file an opposition and for the Pasay court to decide in case a pleading is filed.

“Bahala na po ‘yung Comelec kung ano po ‘yung magiging opposition po nila. Bahala na rin po ‘yung huwes kung paano po ‘yung magiging desisyon nila diyan,” she said.

Arroyo is currently detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, which overlooks a golf course. She is suffering from a degenerative disease in her spine.

Her lawyers have asked that she be allowed to seek medical treatment abroad.