MANILA, Philippines - After getting the nod of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court for the hospital arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her lawyers are now preparing a motion for her house arrest.
On the sidelines of the hearing at the trial court on the electoral sabotage case against Arroyo, lawyer Jose Flaminiano said, “Isa sa mga magandang ginawa ng court ay pinayagan si Arroyo na manatili sa St. Luke’s hanggat hindi ma-formalize motion naming for house arrest.”
Arroyo was served a warrant of arrest on Friday after the court found probable cause to have her charged for electoral sabotage for allegedly tweaking the results of the elections, specifically in Maguindanao, in 2007.
This is not the first time that a president sought a house arrest. After his ouster from position, former President Joseph Estrada was placed under house arrest for 6 years until he was convicted of plunder by the Sandiganbayan in 2007.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment but was pardoned by Arroyo thereafter.
Ironically, it was Estrada’s lawyers who are now defending Arroyo in court.
Militant groups have asked the government not to give Arroyo special treatment. They made protest actions on Sunday at the hospital in Taguig, as they urged the Aquino administration to put her behind bars.