PHILIPPINE LOCAL COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR GLORIA ARROYO ON ELECTION FRAUD
Nothing irregular about Arroyo's arrest: Supreme Court Saturday, November 19, 2011 MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) sees nothing wrong with the issuance of arrest warrant against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that prevented her from leaving the country Friday. SC spokesperson Midas Marquez, in a press briefing, said Judge Jesus Mupas of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 112 did only what he thinks was proper. "Perhaps, upon initial study, the judge thought that everything is proper. I can only surmise," he said. Arroyo, who ruled the country for almost a decade, was placed under arrest Friday afternoon after the Pasay RTC issued a warrant of arrest against her in connection with electoral sabotage in 2007. The former President was accused of using government resources in manipulating the 2007 senatorial elections, where her bets scored a landslide victory in the vote-rich province of Maguindanao. She denied this. However, upon the issuance of the arrest warrant, the South Police District took custody of Arroyo around 6:30 pm Friday. The warrant was served to the former President at her suite in St. Luke's Medical Center-Taguig, where she is confined. Arroyo is suffering from hypoparathyroidism and bone mineral disorder. These diseases reportedly made her bones weak and brittle. Besides Arroyo, the arrest warrant was also served to ex-Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol and former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. Ampatuan is <b>...</b>
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