|The patient's room at the presidential suite of St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City, where Arroyo is currently staying. Photo from St. Luke's website
MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest at St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City.
Since last week, Arroyo, 64, has been staying in the hospital's lone presidential suite which The Philippine Star reported costs P50,000 a day, or P47,619 for senior citizens.
The amount is more than half the monthly salary of President Benigno Aquino III, which is pegged at over P90,000, excluding taxes.
Aquino received his first paycheck of P63,002.17 in July last year.
St. Luke's has described its presidential suite as the "tops" among all the rooms, with "more than complete amenities you would actually aspire to stay."
It is divided into four rooms: receiving area, patient's room, kitchen, bathroom, and guest room.
The patient's room comes with a day bed, a swivel chair, a La-Z boy chair, a TV console, a personal computer with printer and scanner, a 40-inch plasma TV with a wall-mounted sound system, a DVD player, four tables and a safety deposit box.
The suite's dining area which has an eight-seater dining table, while the bathroom comes with a jacuzzi.
The guest room, meanwhile, also has its own 40-inch plasma TV, two single beds, a toilet and a bathroom.
|The dining room at the presidential suite can seat eight guests. Photo from St. Luke's website
An ordinary hospital room usually contains a bed, a table and a chair.
Several Filipinos turned to Twitter to complain about Arroyo's luxurious hospital room.
"Learned that GMA is staying in a 50k presidential suite which includes a jacuzzi and a dinner table. This is where all our money went," user Leanne Tan wrote.
"Gloria Arroyo's room in St. Luke's Taguig, the lone presidential suite, costs P50,000 a day -- the most private and secluded in the hospital," user Erwin Louie Castillo wrote.
"She worked hard for this. Manipulating polls and all," user Bonxz wrote.
Arroyo is said to be in delicate condition due to hypoparathyroid and bone diseases, and is awaiting trial for electoral sabotage.
Atty. Raul Lambino, Arroyo's legal spokesperson, said the Pampanga congresswoman is also suffering from diarrhea, poor appetite and stress.
A Pasay Regional Trial Court judge issued an arrest warrant against Arroyo after she was charged with electoral sabotage by the Commission on Elections last week.
This prevented the former President from seeking medical treatment abroad.
Early this week, the Southern Police District's (SPD) library and media lounge were cleaned and repainted to serve as a temporary detention cell for Arroyo.
The room, with its own toilet, new bed and air conditioner, is a lot better when compared to an ordinary jail cell.
The SPD has said that Arroyo, being a former President, deserves to be given utmost respect.