ROMUALDEZ SEEKS BAIL GRANT, HOUSE ARREST FOR GMA
• October 2, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
ALLIES of the 67-year old former President-turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday appealed to Sandiganbayan to place her under house arrest and be treated in a hospital of her choice.
House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and former House minority leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said Arroyo’s medical condition could improve if she would be given house arrest and be with his loved ones.
“I appeal to the good heart of our Sandiganbayan justices to allow the treatment of the former President in a hospital of her choice. For humanitarian reason, she should be given bail or at least be placed under house arrest in her La Vista residence (in Quezon City),” said Romualdez.
Although stressing that Arroyo is in under close medical watch, Suarez said placing Arroyo in a hospital arrest may “psychologically” improve her condition.
Suarez, who visited Arroyo last weekend, lamented that the Philippine National Police (PNP) earlier imposed restrictions on Arroyo, including banning her from attending Mass at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) chapel, limiting her sun exposure to one hour a day, and prohibiting conjugal visits and overnight stays of members of the family.
“Nalimitahan na kasi ang kanyang oras para sa sunlight at pag-ikot sa lugar after attending Mass. Medyo naghigpit talaga sa kanya ang security. Kahit naman emergency situation siya after ng choking incident, psychologically baka makatulong kung sa bahay niya sa La Vista na lamang siya mag-stay,” said Suarez during a weekly news forum. Suarez even presented a medical abstract of Mrs. Arroyo dated September 15 signed by Dr. Martha Nucum.
The medical abstract was reported earlier that Arroyo has been placed under close medical watch after a recent near-fatal choking incident and the diminishing effectiveness of her pain medications.
Nucum disclosed that the former President is now also suffering from recurrent dysphagia or difficulty of swallowing solid food because of esophageal stenosis or a blockage in her esophagus caused by a degenerative spine disease.
Early last month, the congresswoman was rushed to the emergency room and placed under general anesthesia following choking incident on a broccoli stem.
Arroyo is currently detained at the VMMC in Quezon City on plunder charges since December 2011 and underwent three major cervical spine surgeries.
Earlier, Dr. Roberto Anastacio, a cardiologist of the Makati Medical Center who checked on the former President in 2012 after her operations, said that based on CT scan, the titanium plate placed in her cervical cage had shifted which has serious effect on her breathing, swallowing and blood circulation. He had said this poses a life-threatening condition.
He had warned of a possible “sudden death” of Arroyo if her condition does not improved.
The Sandiganbayan has denied before her petition for bail.
Arroyo is detained for alleged plunder of funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).