Arroyo raring for work, treatment after 'agonizing' wait

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2016 04:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2016 06:12 PM

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

MANILA – Former President Gloria Arroyo is raring to return to legislative work and seek further treatment for her bone disease after an “agonizing” wait for freedom, a close aide said Thursday.

The 69-year-old Arroyo is set to be released from a government hospital after five years in detention after the Supreme Court dismissed evidence in a plunder case filed against her over the alleged misuse of P366 million in state lottery funds.

The high tribunal’s ruling was made on Tuesday, but she could not be released until the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court, which heard the plunder charge, is notified of the decision.

“Knowing how workaholic she is, she will be looking for her files but she has so much more medical consultations that are actually scheduled even if she were still inside,” former solicitor general Agnes Devanadera said.

Arroyo was “upbeat” after she learned of the decision on Tuesday, but was frustrated over the delay in her release.

“She’s getting sad. Another day, another night she would probably be here,” Devanadera said, referring to Arroyo’s detention at the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center.

“For everybody, it was an agonizing wait,” she said.

Devanadera said Arroyo might seek treatment abroad for degenerative spine disease if her doctors recommend it.

She added that the former leader was unlikely to go after her political foes who sent her to jail.

“She’s not the type,” Devanadera said.