Arroyo gets medical furlough, to be confined at St Luke's

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 20 2015 01:06 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2015 10:18 PM

MANILA - Former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be confined at St. Luke's Medical Center-Quezon City starting Wednesday for medical treatment and tests.

Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest on plunder charges, is set to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center at 8 a.m. Wednesday for confinement at St. Luke's Medical Center. She will be back at VMMC by 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Sandiganbayan earlier granted Mrs. Arroyo's request 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.).

Dr. Martha Nucum, head of the medical team, and Dr. Antonio Sison, orthopedic spine consultant of the VMMC, has 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 involved nerve roots."

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

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.