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Arroyo camp wants warrant issued by Judge Mupas voided

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Atty. Raul Lambino. INQUIRER/RAFFY LERMA

The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants the Pasay City Regional Trial Court to withdraw the warrant of arrest it had issued against her.

One of Arroyo’s spokesperson, lawyer Raul Lambino, said they filed a motion on Monday seeking the withdrawal of the warrant issued by Judge Jesus Mupas of Pasay RTC Branch 112.

Lambino said Mupas should not have issued an arrest warrant since he took only three hours to sift through the criminal information.

“That’s why judges are given at least 10 days to determine probable cause,” he said.

“We want the warrant withdrawn because it was railroaded and he could not (Mupas) have read and studied all the information that was presented to him by the prosecution in merely three hours,” said Lambino in an interview with reporters by the gate of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Arroyo, charged with electoral sabotage, was moved to the VMMC last Friday from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on orders of the court.

The lawyer also said the Arroyo camp would again file a manifestation before the court for house arrest and a holiday furlough for the former president.

“Hindi naman siya tatakas (She will not escape),” he said.

Lambino also continued to slam the Aquino administration for its “dictatorial ways” and “inhumane treatment” of Arroyo, who is now the representative of the second district of Pampanga.

Shorter visiting hours

He said that apart from being barred from using cell phones, radios and the Internet, Arroyo’s visiting hours had also been curtailed.

“For nonfamily members, visiting hours are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with no visitors allowed on Monday and Tuesday,” he said.

He said they were told the no-visitor days were “VMMC maintenance days.”

He said that unlike other detainees who are allowed to get some sun for at least an hour a day, Arroyo “is not even allowed to peek outside the door.”

Asked how Arroyo was, Lambino described her mood as being “more energetic last Saturday.”

He said the former president was kept company by a nurse at night and she did her therapy every day.

Security also continued to be tight around the hospital complex.

The bomb squad and at least 15 policemen at a time patrolled the hospital grounds and manned the main gate.

Reporters camped out by VMMC Gate 1 are still barred from entering the compound.

Cops ready for order

But should the court grant her request to spend Christmas at home, the Philippine National Police (PNP) would maintain its close watch over the former president.

“If the court gives (Arroyo) a chance to spend Christmas at home, we have a corresponding security arrangement for that,” said PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome.

Speaking to the press at the launch of the e-blotter system at the Calabarzon police headquarters at Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna on Tuesday, Bartolome said: “Whatever the court’s decision will be, whether she will be transferred or moved, the PNP will just provide the necessary assistance.”

On Sunday, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said a Christmas furlough for Arroyo would be up to the Pasay court.

Bartolome said that so far the police had not encountered any problems with regard to Arroyo’s security.

“She’s just asking for some time to be exposed to the (morning) sunlight. That is, anyway, a right of every detainee even in other detention facilities and her doctors said it had something to do with her medical condition (so) the PNP will grant that (request),” Bartolome said.

Best with family

Saying that Christmas is best spent with one’s family, two Catholic prelates on Tuesday urged the authorities to allow Arroyo to spend the holidays in her home at La Vista, Quezon City.

Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto noted that when former President Joseph Estrada was in jail, he was let out to visit his mother on her birthday.

“But of course that is up to our government… we cannot preempt it but in our culture it is good to have a reunion with the family during Christmas,” Aniceto said. With reports from Philip C. Tubeza and Maricar Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon


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  • Anonymous

    THE PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED ON HOW GLO ARROYO IS DOING IN THE HOSPITAL ARREST, SHE DESERVES THE SPD PRISON CELL, HE, HE, HE! WHATEVER THE CORRUPT SUPREME COURT WILL DECIDE ON THE CASE OF ARROYO’S ARREST, THE PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER THE BELIEVED & RESPECT THE CORRUPT SUPREME COURT, ITS A “MOOT & ACADEMIC” ISSUE CONSIDERING THE IMPENDING REMOVAL OF THE “CHEAP” JUSTICE CORONA BY IMPEACHMENT, TSK TSK, TSK? MR CORONA, YOU CAN NO LONGER “BULLY” THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, ADIOS!

  • Anonymous

    Before mostly  BLOGGERS are PNOY diehard fans.
    Lately just few days, after  GMA TRO issue, SC-HACIENDA LUISITA
      which is the main reason of  PNOY vengeance to CORONA 
    bloggers
      critical against PNOY grows so fast. Marami na palaban to assert their
      opinion Tit for Tat. It indicate that even those who voted PNOY
      with high expectations to alleviate poverty are frustrated.
    Paano!! puro POLITIKA inasikaso,,  
    Granted na mataas ang rating ni PNOY ngayon, but if GUTOM na ang tao??
      
    There is no excuse of dismal 3.2% economic growth, ALIBIS oh no!!
    So why Cambodia and Vietnam attain impressive economic growth?
    Goodbye economy, business analyst predicts expect sonic down turn of
    Economy next  year .,, Oh lord help the Philippines.

    • Anonymous

      tama dumarami nga…pero isang problema kng bakit madami gutom na pinoy ay dahil tamad masyado umaasa sa gobyerno ibigay lahat at nawiwili manuod ng circulo ng pulitika sa telebisyon…

    • Anonymous

      kokonti lang kayo! dyan lang naman mahusay ang mga fans ng drama queen gloria makapal arroyo – ang gumawa ng fiction – malayo sa totoo!

      hoy, wala akong pakialam sa hacienda luisita!  ang gusto ko, maparusahan ang mga magnanakaw ng boto at magnanakaw ng pondo ng bayan, at puro kasinungalingan para mapagtakpan ang pagnanakaw at mga naunang kasinungalingan.  sure naman, alam mo na paldo-paldo ang ipinamudmod ng mandarambong na mga arroyo para wag sya makasuhan at hwag ma-impeach.  yung iba naman, binigyan ng carte blanche para pagnakawan ang mga departamento nila at agensya nila, i.e. militar, pnp, pagcor, other gocc’s, at marami pang iba.  pati executive secretary at mga misc. officials ni gloria ay binigyan ng mga budget sa road construction – WHY?  kasi duon magkakaroon ng kickback.

  • Anonymous

    the supreme court should not block government’s cases against the arroyos, et al.
    the supreme court should let the case run its course that way arroyos, et all has the opportunity to clean their names.

  • Anonymous

    Di lahat san ng nasa kulungan ay palabasin kung pasko para makasama ang kanilang mahal sa buhay kung yan ang punto ni father maniakis. Pare pareho lang naman silang preso di ba fatherniakis, he he he

  • Anonymous

    …“Hindi naman siya tatakas (She will not escape),” he said.

    …who are you fooling sir ?…only liars believed in lies…cry that to the wolves in robes, they will listen….

  • Anonymous

    …Lambino also continued to slam the Aquino administration for its “dictatorial ways” and “inhumane treatment” of Arroyo, who is now the representative of the second district of Pampanga.

    …was it inhumane treatment to vow to the caprices of an accused prisoner who should have no right at all to demand special treatment…or was it a show of leniency and respect to the person who was once a president nonetheless…?

  • Anonymous

    ..Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto noted that when former President Joseph Estrada was in jail, he was let out to visit his mother on her birthday.

    …that’s when erap was already incarcerated in confinement long enough to be granted a little preferential treatment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XMBNVCCLR4MQQEAT7PEFAGJRVE NestorC

    “Hindi naman siya tatakas (She will not escape),” Lambino said.
    Nde tatakas? How about the aborted escape in the pretext of obtaining medical attention abroad for a life threatening condition? How about the life threatening condition proven to be a BIG LIE? 

    LAMBINO i believe you’re a very GOOD LIAR!!!

  • Anonymous

    Atty. Lambino, don’t you ever think of your client when she wanted to travel abroad because no one can attend her rare bone-disease? but now she is looking fine and recovered well. On the other hand, the strategy of Oplan Put the Big Croc Sleep (Lolong version) to get public sympathy but it did not work! So now you are making another strategy to let your client admire you and get another huge amount of money that she bagged during her office. You are greedy! I see it in your eyes!



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