LOOK: Relatives, allies visit Gloria Arroyo after acquittal
MANILA, Philippines – Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received a number of visitors at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where she is under hospital arrest, a few hours after the High Court acquitted her of plunder on Tuesday, July 19.
Her lawyer Raul Lambino took a selfie with the smiling Arroyo after news broke that the Supreme Court (SC) ruled 11-4 to dismiss her plunder case.
"She's really very happy nung lumabas 'yung decision (when the decision came out). Of course, who wouldn't be?" Lambino told Rappler. (READ: Arroyo camp: Acquittal proves 'political persecution' by Aquino)
Arroyo, however, will spend another night at the VMMC after the SC failed to serve its decision to the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan by closing time at 5 pm.
The court needs to issue a release order before Arroyo can leave the hospital.
Former Pampanga repesentative Mikey Arroyo paid his mother a visit on Tuesday afternoon, but he refused to talk to the media.
Arroyo's son Mikey, ex Pampanga rep, refuses interview with media after visiting his mother pic.twitter.com/7c4JU79feU— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) July 19, 2016
The same goes for Eduardo Ermita, who was Arroyo's executive secretary from 2004 to 2010.
Spotted visiting Arroyo earlier: her former executive secretary Eduardo Ermita. He declined interview w/ media pic.twitter.com/FxUQBYsRBa— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) July 19, 2016
Arroyo's legal counsel Estelito Mendoza visited his client as well. He told reporters Arroyo would likely not seek revenge against her detractors. (READ: Gloria Arroyo thanks Duterte, justices: 'Have faith in justice system')
Jose Flaminiano, another lawyer of Arroyo, told reporters in a brief interview that she had already packed her things mid-afternoon of Tuesday.
According to Lambino, he saw former appointees of Arroyo visit her at the VMMC as well, including ex-trade and industry secretary Peter Favila and former solicitor general Agnes Devanadera.
Former Candaba, Pampanga mayor Jerry Pelayo, a staunch Arroyo ally, also visited the former president.
Arroyo, who is now the congresswoman of Pampanga's 2nd District, was charged over the alleged misuse of P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office intelligence funds from 2008 to 2010. – Rappler.com