MANILA (Mabuhay) – The lawyers of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo have cited before the Sandiganbayan the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision granting bail to Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, among other reasons, in their pending petition for house arrest.
In a reply to the prosecution’s opposition, the lawyers of the current Pampanga representative told the anti-graft court that Arroyo and Enrile are “similarly situated.”
Though Enrile’s petition was for bail and Arroyo’s is for house arrest, she is also “of fragile health and is a non-flight risk.”
They also said that Arroyo “has undergone three major surgeries and she has yet to fully recover from her bone and other illnesess as certified by veteran government doctors.”
Arroyo has a pending request before the anti-graft court for “modified custodial arrangement” either in her La Vista House in Quezon City or in Lubao, Pampanga.
After Arroyo’s reply, the prosecution may submit a rejoinder before the court issues its resolution.
Arroyo is facing plunder charges in connection with her alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds during her presidency. (MNS)