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Arroyo seeks furlough for check-up of numbness in arm

/ 07:05 PM October 08, 2015

FORMER President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan for a two-day furlough for a medical check-up.

Arroyo has complained of numbness in her left arm.

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In a motion for leave, Arroyo’s lawyers asked the antigraft court First Division for leave from 9 a.m. on Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 22 to undergo various medical tests on her left arm at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.

Arroyo told the court of numbness and weakness in her left arm and grip, which she attributed to her cervical spine disease.

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“In view of her progressing left arm radiculopathy and weak grip, which could be attributed to her three major cervical spine operations, we are also requesting for a repeat Electromyography with Nerve Conduction Velocity Test to localize the involved nerve roots,” according to a medical certification attached in Arroyo’s motion for leave.

Among the tests being recommended for Arroyo to undergo are the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan and tumor marker tests such as Alpha Feto Protein for the liver, Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) for the breast and pancreas and CA 125 Calcitonin for the medullary thyroid.

Arroyo’s lawyers said the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, where she is detained, has no equipment for these tests.

Arroyo ran and won as Pampanga representative in 2010 after her term as president for nine years. Her congressional run was believed to be a strategy to get immunity from suit amid several corruption allegations during her term.

Arroyo was ordered arrested in Oct. 2012 on charges of plunder for allegedly stealing from state lottery funds. Arroyo had proceeded to the hospital before the warrant against her was served.

Claiming to be suffering from a degenerative bone disease, Arroyo was ordered placed under hospital detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Arroyo won her reelection bid in 2013 even while under detention.

Arroyo is accused of using P366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for personal gain from 2008 to 2010.

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Arroyo’s lawyers had decried political persecution and elevated her human rights complaint before the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. She is represented by renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the wife of American actor George Clooney.

In a press statement, Arroyo’s lawyer Lorenzo Gadon had claimed Clooney emailed him about the UN Working Group resolution finding Arroyo’s hospital detention a case of arbitrary arrest and political persecution.

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