Arroyo sets foot in Batasan for first time after release


Posted at Jul 25 2016 09:48 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2016 10:05 AM

MANILA - Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo went to the House of Representatives on Monday, the first time she set foot at the Batasang Pambansa since her release from hospital arrest.

Arroyo was cleared last week by the Supreme Court (SC) in the plunder case concerning the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds.

READ: Supreme Court frees Gloria Arroyo

She is among four former heads of state invited to the President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan today.

FVR, Erap, GMA, Noy invited to Duterte SONA

Former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada are expected to attend the SONA but Benigno Aquino III, whose administration jailed Arroyo, said he is not joining the event.

The 69-year-old Arroyo said Sunday she holds no ill will against her political enemies.

EXCLUSIVE: Arroyo has no vendetta on enemies

"I don't wish what happened to me on my worst enemies," she told ABS-CBN News in her first public appearance since being released.

She added that any resentment she has is not personal, but is directed at the country's flawed justice system.

"You know, as I said earlier, I’m a devout Catholic, so any rancor I feel is not first hand. The rancor that I feel is precisely what I was saying earlier: the justice system, political persecution using the justice system that must stop," she said.

TRANSCRIPT: Exclusive interview with ex-President Gloria Arroyo

-- With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News