Arroyo gets 2-day medical furlough

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2015 06:36 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2015 08:25 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan is allowing ex-president and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to be confined at St. Luke's Medical Center-Quezon City for two days for medical treatment and tests.

Arroyo earlier asked for temporary relief to undergo various medical tests and examinations at St. Luke's Medical Center-Quezon City from October 21 (to be admitted at 9 a.m.) to October 22 (to be discharged at 4 p.m.).

In the motion, Dr. Martha Nucum, head of the medical team, and Dr. Antonio Sison, Orthopedic Spine Consultant, of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), last October 1 recommended an Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity (EMG-NCV) test for Arroyo.

Sison suspects that Arroyo's numbness and weak grip in her left hand may be due to her previous cervical spine problem. Thus, the doctors recommended Arroyo to repeat the EMG-NCV "to localize the involve nerve roots."

The doctors also recommended additional medical tests for Arroyo, considering her medical history:

  • Positro Emission Tomography (PET Scan)
  • Tumor Markers-Alpha Feto Protein for liver cancer
  • CEA CA 15-3 for breast cancer
  • 19-9 for the pancreas
  • CA 125 Calcitonin for medullary thyroid cancer

Arroyo said the tests and laboratory examinations are not available in VMMC.

The former president is under hospital arrest on plunder charges over alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office intelligence funds.

A lawyer of the Arroyo camp earlier said the United Nations Office of the High Commission on Human Rights Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that Arroyo's detention "violates international law and is arbitrary on a number of grounds."

Malacañang said it takes note of the opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and will prepare an appropriate response.

READ: Lawyer: UN group rules Arroyo's detention violates int'l law