Orthopedic hospital readies room for GMA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2011 08:19 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2011 07:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Personnel of the Philippine Orthopedic Center has prepared a room for former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who was placed under temporary hospital arrest after she was charged for electoral sabotage.

A doctor at the Philippine Orthopedic Center believes that, based on the medical update of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Health Service of the National Capital Region Police Office, Arroyo has not yet fully recovered from her illness.

“Ang gusto natin, ang pasyente magaling na magaling na bago natin pauwiin. Kapag sinabi mong fully-recovered na ang pasyente na may problema sa leeg, hindi na niya kailangang mag-suot ng kahit anong support,” said Dr. Jose Pujalte, Jr., assistant medical director of the Philippine Orthopedic Center.

Senior Supt. Herminigilda Salangad, the PNP doctor who examined Arroyo at St. Luke's Medical Center, agrees.

“If anything would happen as a result of those complaints, eh magiging liable ang doctor,” said Salangad.

There is a possibility that Arroyo, who is currently confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, will be transferred to a government hospital.

Philippine Orthopedic Center and V. Luna Hospital are among the government hospitals being considered as options.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo has agreed to a temporary hospital arrest for Arroyo but noted that the former president should be transferred to a government hospital.

“Government dapat para full custody ang pamahalaan. ‘Yung private hospital po hindi kontrolado ng pamahalaan. Palagay ko ang tamang ospital talaga ay ospital ng gobyerno,” said Robredo.

Robredo said, however, it is up to the court to decide if Arroyo will be placed under house arrest or transferred to a detention facility once her condition improves. -- Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News