MANILA (UPDATED) - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will fight her cases “till the end,” said her youngest son, as a spokesman for her husband said recents visits to Arroyo are “due to the belief of many people that she is being unjustly prosecuted.”
In a statement issued early Sunday morning, Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo also thanked all his mother’s recent visitors.
"We would like to thank all those who have shown their concern for our mother, especially our friends who have remained with us all throughout these tough times.
"We are deeply touched that more and more people are calling for the grant of her bail. All this support has strengthened us even more in fighting this through 'til the end, as we know that there is really no basis for all these cases that have been filed against the former president."
On Saturday, members of the Laurel family were among Arroyo’s latest visitors. Attorney Mike Arroyo’s spokesman, Ferdie Topacio, tweeted a picture of Cocoy and Celia Laurel arriving at Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where Arroyo is detained on a plunder charge following complications from a botched cervical spine surgery in 2011.
Topacio later on tweeted, “The visits are not about her health. It's due to the belief of many people that she is being unjustly prosecuted.”
Topacio later on released a statement to give more details"
“Atty. Arroyo wishes to thank the latest visitors of Mrs. Arroyo, namely: Mrs. Celia Diaz -Laurel, the widow of the late Vice-President Doy Laurel, who arrived together with her famous son Cocoy Laurel, daughter Suzie Laurel-Delgado, and cousin Dr. Maximo Basco, an expert on spinal illnesses."
Topacio said the Laurels came to thank Arroyo personally for the full state honors accorded Doy Laurel when he died ten years ago, and for having declared the day of his burial a National Day of Mourning.
“The song that Cocoy sang to Mrs. Arroyo, 'Ikaw' clearly lifted her spirits, and his song-and-dance number with Atty. Topacio brought down the house, so to speak.”
Topacio also revealed that former Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita visited Arroyo, as well Ms. Mary "Rosebud" Ong, “who gave words of prayer and inspiration.”
Topacio also said his principal also appreciated the visits. "Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo is gladdened and gratified by the continuous visits by many leading personalities to the detention facility of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo."
Topacio added, “Many of these personalities were her staunch critics when she was the sitting President. Yet, the same people have now expressed their concern regarding the shabby treatment being accorded Mrs. Arroyo, which has resulted in the deterioration of her health. They have also openly voiced their disapproval of the persecutory policy of the present administration against the Arroyos, and have conveyed their wishes that she soon be granted bail or at the very least, allowed house arrest. Some medical experts who have visited her have also opined that she needs to go abroad for further treatment".
Since November, there have been several high-profile visitors to Arroyo, some of whom are her former critics. The list includes former presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada (November 2013 and December 23, 2013), televangelist Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus Is Lord movement (December 2013), and retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz (January 2014). Arroyo’s former Vice President, now ABS-CBN anchor Noli de Castro, also visited in January 2014.