Arroyo to stay at VMMC, for now

Posted at 10/09/12 9:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will have to stay at the Veterans' Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City until the Sandiganbayan rules on a pending motion for her continued hospital arrest, a court spokesman said Tuesday.

Sandiganbayan spokesman Renato Bocar said the Arroyo camp filed Monday an urgent motion praying for the continued confinement of the former President at the VMMC. "According to her lawyer, the former President is still suffering from serious illness," he said in an interview on ANC.

Bocar said the anti-graft court will hear the motion on October 11, Thursday. He said that until the court issues an order, the former President will have to stay at the hospital.

"Any movement or transfer of the former president from her current place of detention must be coursed through the Sandiganbayan," he said.

"If the prosecution does not oppose, then in open court the Sandiganbayan can order the continued confinement at the VMMC," he added.

The anti-graft court earlier issued an arrest warrant for Mrs. Arroyo and 9 other accused in the plunder case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman. The case stems from the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during the Arroyo administration.

Arroyo, former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Sergio Valencia and former Assistant General for Finance Benigno Aguas are set to be arraigned on October 15.