Arroyo not after immunity from suits - lawyer

Posted at 10/16/2012 11:52 AM | Updated as of 10/16/2012 6:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The lawyer of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said her re-election bid as representative of the second district of Pampanga despite her frail condition is not meant to block any law suits.

In an interview with ANC, lawyer Raul Lambino said Arroyo will continue to serve her people even if it means her life.

“She wants to serve her constituents in Pampanga…It's the clamor of the people in Pampanga.” He said Arroyo can’t just turn her back from them.

"Even if you are suffering from something that is life-threatening…Even if it is going to take her life, she will continue serving her people,” he added.

The Sandiganbayan postponed to October 29 Arroyo’s arraignment in connection with the plunder raps filed against her by the Office of the Ombudsman. She was charged for supposedly misappropriating some P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.

She was supposed to be arraigned yesterday, October 5. Lambino said it is now up to her doctors if she will be allowed to attend the next scheduled arraignment.

Arroyo was already moved out of the intensive care unit of the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Nona Legaspi said, however, she was advised against attending the arraignment on Monday since she showed signs of ischemia, or the restriction of blood supply to the tissues.

Lambino said she may suffer a heart attack if not treated properly. Arroyo’s counsels in the case also earlier asked the anti-graft court to dismiss any attempts for her transfer to a regular jail.