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Judge gives Gloria Arroyo sunshine fix

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Officials of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is under hospital arrest, have allowed her to go out of her presidential suite so she can enjoy the morning sun.

Dr. Nona Legaspi, director of the VMMC, said Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Jesus Mupas had granted the request of Arroyo to be allowed to go out in the morning to have her dose of Vitamin D.

“The court granted the request based on the recommendation of her attending physician because she needs Vitamin D,” Legaspi said.

She explained that the attending physician recommended that Arroyo should be exposed to the morning sun for her dose of Vitamin D for her calcium requirements.

The VMMC director said that Vitamin D was needed to be absorbed for calcium to be processed.

Nothing like the sun

“We can also take tablets for Vitamin D but there is nothing like having some sun,” Legaspi stressed.

She added that the vital signs of the former executive are stable.

Legaspi said she was informed about the court’s decision by Dr. Victoria Javier, the VMMC infectious disease specialist, also the attending physician of Arroyo, who appeared on Friday morning before the RTC judge.

Legaspi, however, said that Arroyo does not have to go to the golf course for sunlight because her suite is facing east, and has plenty of sunlight in the morning.

“Just near the suite, there’s plenty of sunlight because it’s facing east,’’ she said.

But Senior Supt. Rainer Idio, Quezon City Police Director for Operations, said they have not received a copy of the judge’s decision.

“We are not yet informed on the matter, but if it’s a court order, we will abide,” he said.

He added that the Police Security and Protection Group which has jurisdiction over security of Arroyo would implement order.

As this developed, the Pasay City RTC is expected to resolve before Christmas Day a motion seeking a furlough for Arroyo for the holidays.

In a hearing on Friday, Commission on Elections (Comelec) lawyers posed no objection to the former president’s wish for fresh air and sunshine, to hear mass at the hospital chapel, as well as her having a TV and a radio inside her room at the VMMC.

Comelec lawyer Maria Juana Valeza explained that it was Christmas after all and gave way for the granting by the court of the simple requests.

But Valeza oppose the use by the former president of a mobile phone and laptop computer.

Arroyo’s Jose Flaminiano argued that he saw no security risk nor safety risk in allowing his client’s use of the electronic equipment.

He moved that their urgent motion for temporary house arrest during Christmas be granted, saying, “Be generous.”

Arroyo is asking the court to be allowed to go home and be with her family for the holidays from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

‘That’s too much’

But Comelec lawyer John Rex Laudiangco strongly opposed the motion, saying Arroyo can bring all her family to the VMMC. “But to bring her outside to her home, that’s too much,” he said.

He said allowing Arroyo a Christmas furlough would be a “strenuous security risk” that would be taxing to the Philippine National Police and to the former president’s health.

Flaminiano’s cocounsel argued that the VMMC was just near their client’s home in La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City and that the PNP’s ability to secure the former president had been aptly tested and proven during her transfer from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City to the VMMC in Quezon City.

Laudiangco reiterated that the Comelec posed no objection to Arroyo’s being with her family at the VMMC and submitted the issue to the discretion of the court along with the disputed issue on her use of a mobile phone and laptop computer.

Judge Mupas set the hearing for the resolution of Arroyo’s motion for house arrest on Jan. 9 next year. With a report from Jeannette I. Andrade


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQPBKLCOXZ2JTBNIE3SGLONJEY Shopaholik!

    GLORIA ARROYO REALLY NEEDS SUNLIGHT – to keep him strong and alive

    FOR SURE, SHE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE YELLOW ZOMBIES AND BLOOD-THIRSTY VAMPIRE MOB

  • jaydeetee1

    sana nga magustuhan nya yung sunlight ! kampon yata sya ng kadiliman di ba ?nyahahahahahaha
    ayyyy, sana matutunan nya yung liwanag ng katotohanan.

    • tehot

      the evil, maniacal laughter of this yellow zombie allows us to see the insanity of people who are infected with yellow disease. 

      • http://twitter.com/wee_kender wee

        here’s some more of those wicked laughter! BWAHAHAHA!

      • jaydeetee1

        I think being branded a yellow zombie is better than be a member of the black and evil empire of gloria arrovo.a disease can still be cured but your own kind of disease is hopeless only a miracle can save you , if you do believe in miracles.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    After asking for the sun, she may ask for the moon then the stars.

  • ztefertilizerscam

    Former Fake Pres. Arroyo , corruption and many 

    more..

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors 

    (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 

    Million)

    6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 

    Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings

    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

    12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) 

    (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15.  Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

    16.  NAIA-3

    17.  Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18.  Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states

    20. EURO GENERAL’S

    21. CALAMITY FUND SCANDAL.

    22.  C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ 

    Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

    25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

    26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

    27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy 

    Ampatuan 

    28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties 

    from 2002 to May this year.

    29.LACSON ACCUSED FG MIKE ARROYO OF SELLING 3  REFURBISHED 

    HELICOPTERS TO PNP AT P105 MILLION EACH

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from 

    India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to 

    Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for 

    the rice importation. 

    31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 

         70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit 

    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy 

    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown 

    San 
    Francisco.

    32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of 

    two franchise bills

    33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in  

    advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to 

    P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for 

    Arroyo’s achievements.

    34. The report said the PIA received from the Department 

    of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations 

    amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 
    million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

    35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political 

     enemies

    36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of 

    extra judicial killings of militants

    37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo 

     critic, Cory Aquino

    38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of 

     Pag-Ibig

    39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park  

    Administration.

    40. MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT of an Arroyo,RENATO CORONA, as SC 

    Chief Justice

          200+ other illegal midnight appointments

    41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California

    42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like 

    Ninoy’s murderers

    43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek 

    presidential clearance before testifying in Congress 

    hearings

    44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency 

    in 2004

    45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and 

    PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

    47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as 

    COMELEC chair

    48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses 

    from Australia worth P384 million.

    49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 

    times, son Mikey 69

    50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

    51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five 

    helicopters.

    52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

    53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

    54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

        The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of 

    the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian 

    revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

    56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from 

    PNoy’s social fund

    57. 50 MILLION PABAON GENERALS

        Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, 

    Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and 

    Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio  

    Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

    58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork.

    59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha 

    project—DOST chief 
    60.Fishers push plunder rap vs Arroyo in purchase of ice machines( overpriced at P455 million in 2009.)
    61.$225-million overprice of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), 
    62.Ongpin “front” for former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo in a P660-million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)…

  • http://twitter.com/wee_kender wee

    i thought the pnp bungled the last transfer, horn even held a press conference to decry the nightmare they experienced at the hand of pnp’s absolute lack of order. now gloria makapal-arroyo’s camp is changing its tune to favor their side.

    when will all these lies end?

    • hustlergalore

      that is because they made a lapse in judgement. sorry. LOL

  • Fabelous2

    Sige ibilad ninyo sa kulahan yan ng lalong maging dried prunes.

  • Bikyo

    I would strongly suggest a metabolic bone biopsy first before exposing her to the sun.  The ultraviolet rays might be detrimental to her severe bone disease and hypoparathyroidism that requires stem cell therapy in Germany.

  • joboni96

    hindi naman nyan ginagawa
    sa st lukes

    special treatment talaga
    kay aroyo

    pasalamat ka na laang sa
    presidential kubol mo

  • Monther

    After being arrested, illogical demands still kept on coming. After demanding for Sunshine you might need Cesar!!! hohohoho santa claus is coming to town “MARRY BARMAS” himas bakal… buwahahahaha… 

  • Monther

    Pustahan na lang tayo “habang buhay makukulong si arroyo at mga alepores nito… “PESO mo mananalo ng BARKO” If you are interested you can contact me anytime… promise…



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