MANILA -- Several bishops held a mass on Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for the healing of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
"There will be a mass at 11 a.m. [Sunday] in VMMC for the continuing recovery and improvement of [Arroyo's] health condition, which has deteriorated as per her doctor's findings in the recent months. [The mass is also] for truth and justice to prevail in the cases filed against her, and for our countrymen who have suffered much in the grave calamities that happened in the recent past,” Arroyo’s spokesman, lawyer Raul Lambino, said.
The Catholic leaders who visited Arroyo were Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan of Tuguegarao; Bishop Rodolfo Beltran of San Fernando, La Union; Bishop Emilio Marquez, coadjutor bishop of Lucena; and Bishop Ramon Villena of Nueva Vizcaya.
Arroyo had received a string of well-wishers at the VMMC, where she is under hospital arrest for alleged plunder. The former leader is suffering from cervical spondylosis (chronic wear of the spine).
Other critics of Arroyo have also visited the past few months, including Jesus is Lord leader Eddie Villanueva, former AFP chief of intelligence service Victor Corpus, Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, and Lipa City Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.
Former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos already visited Arroyo at the hospital, triggering reactions from pundits of a brewing alliance against the incumbent administration.
Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, who went to the VMMC last week, called her situation at the VMMC as “inhumane.”
Arroyo’s former vice president, Noli de Castro, have also been there to see her.