Arroyo’s arraignment today

OVER NBN-ZTE. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, Mike, undergo arraignment together for the first time Wednesday. Illustration by Emil Mercado

Detained former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, her husband Miguel Arroyo, and former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. will all be arraigned today, April 11, before the Sandiganbayan on corruption charges related to the NBN-ZTE project. Lawyers for both Mr. and Mrs. Arroyo have indicated that their clients will be there today to enter a plea. The former president faces graft charges for allegedly using her influence to push for the approval of a $329-M US offer from Chinese firm ZTE Inc. to implement the national broadband network project, more commonly referred to as the NBN-ZTE deal.

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