MANILA, Philippines - Former President Joseph Estrada revealed Friday that he favors house arrest for his successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but only after 3 years.
Estrada issued the statement following a supposed Pulso ng Bayan May 30-June 2 survey by The Center showing that 59% of Filipinos favor house arrest for Mrs. Arroyo.
The same survey alo showed that 61% of Filipinos favor granting bail to the former president.
Estrada said Filipinos are kinder to Mrs. Arroyo after pictures of her wearing a neck brace started circulating.
He said he has forgiven Arroyo for persecuting his family after the EDSA Dos revolt. However, he doubts if the Filipino people are ready to see Mrs. Arroyo go scot-free after being accused of manipulating both the 2004 and 2007 elections.
Estrada urged the Aquino administration to take good care of former Maguindanao provincial supervisor Norie Unas following reports that the lone witness in the electoral sabotage case against Mrs. Arroyo is now fearing for his life.
Palace won't comment on survey
For its part, Malacañang declined to comment on the Pulso ng Bayan survey reportedly showing that majority wants former President Arroyo to be allowed to post bail.
"We cannot really comment on the results. First, we have not seen the survey. We’re not familiar with the survey firm. Hence we are deferring comment until such time we do see the actual survey that was done, and I don’t know if commissioned," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Valte said it is the court that would decide on the issue of Mrs. Arroyo’s bail.
"That is entirely within the jurisdiction and the discretion of the presiding judge of Pasay Regional Trial Court branch 112."
Valte said Mrs. Arroyo should undergo examination if she should continue to stay under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
She said it is up to the Arroyo camp if they will make a motion to be placed under house arrest. With reports from Anthony Taberna and Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News