MANILA - The Sandiganbayan denied the motion of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to attend the golden wedding anniversary of El Shaddai founder and leader Mike Velarde and his wife, Belen, on Friday.
In its three-page decision, the anti-graft court's First Division, chaired by Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, said it found no merit in Arroyo's request.
In her motion, Arroyo said she was invited by the couple to serve as a principal sponsor for their anniversary. Velarde is one of Arroyo's spiritual advisers.
The wedding anniversary celebration will be held at Amvel City in San Dionisio, Parañaque City at 3 p.m. today.
Arroyo is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for a plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.
Among those expected to attend Velarde's anniversary are former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte and former First Lady Imelda Marcos. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM