Casiño wants GMA behind bars

Posted at 11/25/11 2:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño on Friday accused former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her lawyers of deliberately deceiving the people after Arroyo's lawyers filed a motion for house arrest, saying Arroyo's health has improved.

In a statement, Casiño said Arroyo should be put in jail first before the court determines if she should be placed under house arrest.

"She’s as healthy as a horse and should be immediately put behind bars in a regular jail. A house arrest at this time is unjust and constitutes special treatment. What the court should do is remove her from St. Luke’s Hospital and bring her to jail first and from her cell she can argue her petition for house arrest," the lawmaker said.

Casiño said members of the Makabayan bloc in Congress are circulating a draft House resolution urging the Department of Justice and the courts to refrain from rendering special treatment to Arroyo. He said the resolution will be filed on Monday, November 28.

The Makabayan bloc is composed of Casiño, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, Gabriela Women’s Party Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino and ACT Teachers’ Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio.