Delay in Arroyo release irks lawyer


Posted at Jul 20 2016 12:14 PM

MANILA - A lawyer of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday expressed dismay over the delay in the issuance of a document from the Supreme Court (SC) that would allow her to finally leave detention.

The SC on Tuesday voted to acquit Arroyo of her plunder case before the Sandiganbayan, allowing her to walk free from hospital arrest.

The Office of the Chief Justice, however, has yet to release the verdict's dispositive portion, which is needed before a release order for Arroyo could be processed.

Lawrence Arroyo, legal counsel of the former President, trooped to the SC at around 9 a.m. Wednesday in hopes of securing a copy of the document.

He said the document still awaits the required signatures from SC justices, as of around 10:40 a.m.

Once the SC releases the document, its process server will also send a copy to the Sandiganbayan so that the process for Arroyo's release could start.

The plunder case against Arroyo and several others involves the release of over P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds from 2008 up to 2010.

The 69-year-old Arroyo, who is currently Pampanga representative, has been detained at the Veteran's Memorial Medical Center since December 2012.

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