Arroyo heads to Pampanga
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is scheduled to visit her constituents in Pampanga

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two days after leaving the hospital, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Friday morning, July 27, for an unscheduled physical therapy session.

Mrs Arroyo’s leg is hurting, said spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn. She is expected to return to Veterans on Monday, July 30.

After her therapy session, Mrs Arroyo traveled to her home province Pampanga. Horn said she is expected to return to Manila on Saturday, July 28.

The former president traveled to Tagaytay City on Thursday, July 26, to seek treatment in an alternative medical center. She stayed overnight.

Before returning to VMMC, Mrs Arroyo stopped by the Libingin ng mga Bayani in Taguig, where her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, is buried.

The former president was placed under hospital arrest for 8 months – November 2011 to July 2012 – over an electoral sabotage case filed by the Commission on Elections. The Pasay Regional Trial Court granted her petition for bail on Wednesday, July 25, and she was released after paying P1-M bail.

Mrs Arroyo is also facing plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection to the alleged misuse of PCSO funds during her administration. A hold departure order was issued but not a warrant of arrest. The Sandiganbayan, which filed the case against Mrs Arroyo, questioned her release and asked the Sandiganbayan to immediately issue a warrant of arrest against her.

But Mrs Arroyo filed a motion to stop the Sandiganbayan from hearing the plunder case and issuing a warrant of arrest against her. The Sandiganbayan ruled Thursday to give the prosecution to respond to her motion. –

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