MANILA (Mabuhay) — Prosecutors on Wednesday formally opposed the house arrest being requested by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges and is currently on hospital arrest.
“To be detained in one’s home is a transgression of the rule of law and an insult to the judicial system and to other detention prisoners also facing plunder before the Sandiganbayan,” the prosecution said in its formal opposition filed with the Sandiganbayan.
They argued that the law does not grant house arrest to an accused whose bail motion and demmurer to evidence were denied.
Arroyo, charged in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) fund during her term as president, has been on hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center since October 2012.
She is suffering from spine problems and in the past had been seen in public in a wheelchair.
In their opposition, the prosecution noted that Arroyo’s current medical condition remains unchanged “despite years of treatment and therapy,” as disclosed by her legal counsel, Laurence Arroyo.
Citing this, the prosecutors said the hospital is a better place for Arroyo’s confinement than her house in La Vista in Quezon City or in Lubao in Pampanga.
“It has always been the argument of the accused-movant that her medical condition has remained unchanged and needs continuous therapy. Thus the hospital is the best place for her as she needs constant medical attention,” they said.
The Sandiganbayan gave the defense 15 days to submit its reply to the opposition, after which Arroyo’s motion for house arrest will be deemed submitted for resolution.(MNS)