Three days after the Supreme Court had acquitted former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from plunder charges, the Pampanga 2nd District Representative still remains in hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.
One of the visitors of Arroyo on Thursday was Pasang Masda president Obet Martin, one of the supporters of the former president’s projects to modernize public transportation during her term.
“I visited her because I wanted to see how she is doing,” Martin told members of the media outside the VMMC.
He also said that Arroyo appeared happy with the acquittal but at the same time sad that she still cannot leave the VMMC despite the decision of the High Court.
フィリピン元大統領のGloria Macapagal Arroyo （グロリア・マカパガル・アロヨ）が釈放されることになった。選挙資金の横領、不正などいくつかの容疑でアキノ前大統領時代に逮捕されて、ケソンシティにあるベテランズ病院に入院。２０１２年に逮捕されてからずっと入院して留置所や刑務所生活をしなかった。
“We are also saddened with the delay in her release. We believe she should now be granted her freedom,” Martin added.
The Pasang Masda leader added that Arroyo also told him that she will submit herself to a medical checkup once released from the VMMC.
Aside from Martin, other visitors of the former President were ex-Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.
Topacio said that they have waited for three days but there is still no release order for her.
Despite the delay, Topacio said the Pampanga representative remains upbeat and eager to work after her release. He added that she will visit her constituents “who have been deprived of her personal touch.”
“She is a person of strong faith. She is taking it in stride and patiently waiting,” Topacio added.
Asked about another plunder case planned to be filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, the lawyer said it is the prerogative of the office but noted that they hope this will not be another instrument for his client to be harassed.
“This has become part of their harassment tactics,” Topacio added.
He also mentioned that they are carefully studying the option if they will file charges against Arroyo’s accusers.