Gloria Macapagal Arroyo released from VMMC, after posting P1-million bailBy Angel Cuala on Jul 25, 2012 in Asia, Local, Politics •
Manila, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) was released from Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, after posting a P1-million cash bond.
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Image Credit: Bullit Marquez/AP
As shown live at local TV networks on Wednesday afternoon, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo left her detention room of the VMMC at around 2:30 p.m. (local time) and is bound to go home in her house at La Vista subdivision in Quezon City, despite her convoy being momentarily blocked by some protesters in the street.
According to reports, Pasay RTC branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas, who also signed her release papers later, granted the P1-million bail for the former president after the prosecution panel allegedly failed to prove that she was involved in the so-called “electoral sabotage” case during the May 2007 election.
Back in November 2011, the same RTC judge issued an arrest warrant for Mrs. Arroyo, who was then confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City; about four hours after the Commission Elections (Comelec) filed cases against her. She was transferred to VMMC the following month.
Apparently, the warrant of arrest was issued three days after Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was stopped by Immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I (NAIA-I) from leaving the country; as ordered by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima.
Last April, Mrs. Arroyo pleaded “not guilty” on the controversial ZTE-NBN deal case, along with her husband and co-accused, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr and former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Leandro Mendoza.
Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Chairman Sixto Brillantes told reports that they may file a motion for reconsideration with the same judge who favored Arroyo‘s motion for bail, noting that they can present additional evidence in the trial on the merits of the case.
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