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article imageFormer Phl President Gloria Arroyo served warrant of arrest

By Leo Reyes     Nov 18, 2011 in Politics
Philippine police authorities have served a warrant of arrest on former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo inside her hospital room at St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig City Friday evening.
Arroyo, who is now an elected member of the House of Representatives after completing her term in office more than a year ago, will be on hospital arrest until she gets well in order to be brought to a police detention center.of the Southern Police District.
The former president is currently undergoing medical treatment for a rare bone disease. She was scheduled to leave for Singapore to seek treatment from a bone specialist but was prevented from boarding an aircraft due to a watch list order issued by the Department of Justice.
Arroyo's lawyers filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) with the Supreme Court to lift the order because it violated her freedom to travel as guaranteed by the constitution. The Supreme Court acted favorably on her petition but the Justice Department subsequently filed an election sabotage case which led to her eventual arrest.
The case filed by the government against her is non-bailable.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz of the Philippine National Police said they will serve warrants of arrest in accordance with the order of the courts to whoever it is directed or addressed.
“The PNP will serve warrants of arrest to whomever the court so orders. The local police with the support of the CIDG [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group] implemented the warrants to all the respondents.”
“The PNP will always enforce the law without fear or favour,” according the statement.
According to elections officials, Arroyo has ordered large scale tampering of election returns in 2007 elections in order to assure her victory.
"It is our desire that truth and accountability prevail and that the Filipino people be given the justice they truly deserve," said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
The former president is now in police custody, according to Senior Superintendent Franklin Bucayu, head of the Southern Police District,
"She is now under our control, under our custody," Senior Superintendent Franklin Bucayu, head of the Southern Police District, told a news briefing outside St Luke's Hospital.
"The arrest warrant has been served. We tried to read her rights but her lawyers waived it because of her conditions. She smiled at us and she was expecting it."
The family of the former president together with her lawyers were at her side when the arrest warrant was served.
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