Arroyo hopes for continued hospital arrest

By Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2012 03:06 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2012 11:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Lawyers of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are optimistic that the Sandiganbayan will grant Arroyo's motion for a hospital arrest.

According to Atty. Raul Lambino, the former President needs therapy three times a week as prescribed by her doctors in the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

He said it would be less of a hassle for the government to just allow her to stay in the hospital instead of having to aid her transport from detention center to hospital every time she is scheduled for therapy. On top of this, her condition also requires close monitoring.

Currently, she is no longer attached to intravenous hydration, but she continues to exhibit general body weakness, according to Lambino.

She continuous to wear her neck brace as well. Among those who are constantly by her side are her children and husband, former first gentleman Mike Arroyo.

The Sandiganbayan is expected to decide on Arroyo's urgent motion tomorrow.

An arraignment is also scheduled on Monday where Mrs. Arroyo is required to attend and enter a plea.

Lambino said however, they are still not sure whether Arroyo will enter a guilty or not guilty plea or whether she will enter a plea at all.

Meanwhile, the VMMC confirmed, through a text message from Dr. Nona Legaspi, that they had to defer the discharge of Arroyo and her low potassium treatment due to pain in the neck and shoulders.