Arroyo's euphoria dampened by delay in her release, says ally

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2016 07:50 PM

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received visitors early Thursday, and one close ally said it could easily be deduced that she was still recovering from her illness.

"Doon naman po sa loob ay maayos naman, at ang dating Pangulong GMA, bakas pa rin, at nakikita ko yung karamdaman niya, feel na feel pa rin niya. Medyo mahina ang tingin ko sa kanya," Obet Martin, president of transport group Pasang Masda told ANC's Dateline Philippines.

Martin said Arroyo wore the normal clothes she would wear whenever she would entertain visitors, but he believes she is a little sad that she is kept in hospital detention even after the Supreme Court practically acquitted her of plunder charges related to over P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds from 2008 up to 2010 on Tuesday.

"Palagay ko’y yung kalungkutan niya, yung kasiyahan niya ay napapawi dahil bakit hanggang ngayon ay nandyan pa rin siya, samantalang may desisyon na ang Kataas-taasang Hukuman," he said.

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Also among her visitors were former Manila Vice-mayor Isko Moreno, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Deputy Chairman Cesar Lacuna, and former Valenzuela Mayor Jose Emmanuel "Bobbit" Carlos.

Martin said Arroyo was not wearing her neck brace because she was feeling warm with it while entertaining her visitors.

"Gusto lang niyang ma-relax. Ang aking pananaw dyan, ibabalik din yan pagka talagang hirap na rin siya. Tinitiis lang niyang ganun," he said.

Inside the room, said Martin, the conversations were normal, but they were all hoping that the release order from the high tribunal may be finalized within the day.