MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was admitted to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City before a warrant for her arrest could be served.
VMMC Director Nona Legaspi said Mrs. Arroyo was admitted to the hospital before 7 a.m. Thursday. This was after the ant-graft court Sandiganbayan issued an arrest warrant for her and 9 others for the alleged malversation of funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Arroyo regularly comes to the hospital for her therapy but this morning, she complained of numbness in her hands.
Attending physician Dr. Martha Nocum said the former President showed signs of dehydration and had to be administered with IV fluids.
Legaspi said doctors saw the need for her to be admitted at the hospital.
Mrs. Arroyo is now at the VMMC presidential suite, and it will be up to her attending physician when she can be discharged.
Palace respects arrest warrant
The Palace, meanwhile, said it respects the reported decision of the Sandiganbayan to order the arrest of former President Arroyo in connection with the alleged misuse of PCSO funds.
“It’s a decision rendered by the Sandiganbayan, we respect whatever decision they issued. It just shows that the government through the PCSO has presented a case which has probable cause. And so, we leave it with the Ombudsman to prosecute the case. They themselves have found a prima facie case against on the former President and the officials of the PCSO,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
The Palace expects that case to be tried “free from politics.”
“I think, when it comes to the case before the Sandiganbayan, it will be litigated based on the evidence that the government would be presenting through the PCSO. So, I think, it should be free from politics and should be solely based on the evidence that will be submitted." With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News