Still waiting for Arroyo

Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2016 05:21 PM


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MANILA - Bearing placards made of cartolina with words "Maligayang paglaya GMA" and "Victory for the urban poor" written with thin-lined black marker, a group of five who called themselves Kongreso ng Maralitang Pilipino picketed the North Avenue gate of Veterans Memorial Medical Center on Wednesday morning.

The protest was a show of support to former President Gloria Arroyo who is now awaiting freedom as her release papers were still being processed.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the Sandiganbayan to release the former President after heeding the petition for demurrer filed by Arroyo's lawyers.

SC grants Arroyo plea, orders her release

After almost five years of detention and hospital arrest, the former president was compelled to spend another night in the hospital after her lawyers failed to secure a copy of the decision from the Supreme Court, needed to be transmitted to Sandiganabyan for the processing of release.

"Dahil po sa kanya ikinulong nya ang aming Pangulo na walang kasalanan, apat na taon nyang ikinulong," cried Ramon de Leon at the gate of VMMC.

De Leon said they belong to a group of urban poor who benefited from the leadership of Arroyo in the form of assistance and resettlement.

He blamed the Aquino administration for the woes of the former president who was charged, arrested and incarcerated for allegations of plunder, involving the use of hundreds of millions of pesos worth of intelligence funds of PCSO or Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

"Kaya kami po'y nananawagan, sa mga taong nagpakulong sa ating dating Pangulo, makunsensya naman kayo. Paano nyo? Dapat lang po, dapat po pagbayaran nila ang ginawa sa aming pangulo," said De Leon.

The police manning the gate did not bother to send out the protesters, who eventually dispersed themselves at the line, a few minutes after giving a speech to the cameras.