IN PHOTOS: The rise, fall, and rise of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo


Posted at Apr 05 2017 08:21 PM

Former President and now-Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo turned 70 years old Wednesday, celebrating her birthday with her constituents in Pampanga province. 

Arroyo was under hospital arrest for plunder from 2012 to 2016 and could not celebrate her birthday with her constituents for 5 years. 

Arroyo celebrated with her "cabalen" in Lubao, where she heard Mass with her husband, lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo, and their children Mikey, Luli and Dato.

The Arroyo family was also with local officials led by Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda.

Arroyo was freed from detention in July last year after the Supreme Court dismissed a plunder case against her.

Here are some photos of Arroyo's career from 2001 to present.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is sworn in as the new President of the Philippines, 20 January 2001 in Manila, by Chief Justice Hilario Davide. On right holding microphone is Senate President Nene Pimentel as former president Corazon Aquino (in yellow) watches the proceedings. Joel Nito, AFP

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (center) is joined by former presidents Corazon Aquino (left) and Fidel Ramos in setting fire to the "freedom flame" in ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the People Power that toppled the dictatorship regime of Ferdinand Marcos. Arroyo, installed as president in a similar uprising in January 2001, called on the public to protect the gains of the uprising. Joel Nito, AFP

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo casts her ballot at a polling station in her home town of Lubao, Pampanga province, 14 May 2001. Philippine congressional and local elections were seen as a referendum on Arroyo's fledging administration. Sam Yeh, AFP

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (L) holds Manny Pacquiao's (R) golden title belt as the undisputed International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior featherweight world champion during a courtesy call at Malacanang Palace in Manila, 24 November 2003. Pacquiao, knocked out former World Boxing Featherweight champion Marco Barrera of Mexico in a non-title bout in the US state of Texas 16 November 2003. Pacquiao received one million pesos (18,181 USD) reward from Arroyo. The 24-year-old Filipino boxing sensation earned 350,000 USD from his successful fight with Barrera. Joel Nito, AFP

President Gloria Arroyo comforts a grieving landslide survivor in San Francisco village in central island of Leyte, 23 December 2003. Thirty-two people were rescued from stormy seas off the Philippines but more 300 others were dead or missing after a spate of landslides, floods and sea mishaps caused by bad weather in central and southern islands. Stringer/AFP

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (L) takes her oath from Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide (R) while her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo (2ndL) holds the bible during Arroyo's inauguration in the central city of Cebu, 30 June 2004. Arroyo is the 14th president of the Philippines after defeating popular movie star Fernando Poe in the May 10, 2004 elections. Family members Dato, (3rd from L) Luli, (C), Angela (3rd from R) and Mikey (extreme R) look on. Joel Nito, AFP

Chinese President Hu Jintao (left) accompanies Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inspecting an honour guard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing 01 September 2004. Arroyo was on a two-day official visit to strengthen bilateral ties between the Philippines and China. Peter Parks, AFP

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (C) attempts to ride a surfboard at a surfing camp in the town of San Juan, La Union province, 27 December 2005. Arroyo went on holiday and took a rest from political fighting in Manila. Stringer, AFP

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (C) disembark from a plane shortly after arriving in Canberra, 30 May 2007. While in Canberra, Arroyo signed a military cooperation and aid pact with Australia. Greg Wood, AFP

Former Philippine President and Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) leaves the Manila International Airport in Manila on November 15, 2011. The Philippine government blocked ex-president Gloria Arroyo from leaving the country after she dramatically turned up at Manila airport wearing a neck brace, insisting she must face graft charges. Then-President Benigno Aquino's administration defied a Supreme Court ruling that Arroyo should be allowed to seek medical treatment abroad immediately for what the then-64-year-old had said was a life-threatening bone disease. Noel Celis, AFP

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo waves upon her arrival at the Hall of Justice to appear at a court on electoral fraud case in Pasay City, Metro Manila February 23, 2012. Arroyo entered a plea of not guilty in the electoral fraud charges at a Manila Regional Trial Court. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

Former Philippines President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (3rd R) is flanked by her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo (2nd R) and son Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo (2nd L) as they wait for her arraignment on electoral fraud charges to start at a Pasay City Court south of Manila, February 23, 2012. Arroyo, who was under hospital arrest, entered a plead of not guilty on charges of rigging the 2007 elections and several allegations of corruption at a Manila regional trial court. Bullit Marquez, pool photo

Former Philippine President and now Congresswoman Gloria Arroyo attends the legislature session and State of the Nation Address at the Congress in Manila on July 25, 2016. Arroyo said she was a victim of political persecution after she was freed from nearly five years in detention for a corruption case, media reports said July 25, 2016. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo meets with president Rodrigo Roa Duterte after his State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives, Quezon City on July 25, 2016. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo