Arroyo suspended from office over NBN-ZTE deal

Posted at 07/01/2014 5:04 PM | Updated as of 07/02/2014 12:31 AM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has suspended Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from her office for 90 days.

The 4th division, headed by Justice Gregory Ong, found valid the information for graft charges filed against Arroyo in connection with the botched National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with Chinese telecommunications firm, ZTE Corp.

The motion for suspension was filed in 2012.

The suspension is mandatory under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in order to prevent the accused from using his or her office to influence his or her case.

Arroyo is under hospital arrest for a separate case, allegedly for plunder of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.