Palace stays out of Arroyo's birthday furlough

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 11 2014 06:20 PM | Updated as of Mar 12 2014 02:20 AM

MANILA -- Malacañang is staying out of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's bid for a 3-day birthday furlough.

"Wala po sa aming hurisdiksyon yang mga bagay na yan, kaya't ipapaubaya na lang po natin sa mga hukuman na may hurisdiksyon," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said Tuesday.

Arroyo will turn 67 on April 5.

On Monday, her legal counsel Modesto Ticman filed a motion for a 3-day furlough from April 4 to 6 to allow her to mark her birthday in her hometown of Lubao, Pampanga.

Arroyo offered to shoulder any government expenses for her security.

The former president and now Pampanga representative is detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) on a plunder charge for the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.

She is suffering from complications from a botched cervical spine surgery.

Meanwhile, Arroyo's husband Mike filed a separate petition before the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel to Europe and Japan.

Mike Arroyo is facing a separate corruption charge for the sale of choppers to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

He is out on bail but is the subject of a hold departure order. He had been allowed to travel by the anti-graft court on two previous occasions.