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GMA eyes resort to SC over arrest in PCSO plunder case
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MANILA, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is considering taking her legal battle to the Supreme Court to question her arrest over the P366-million plunder case involving funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Arroyo’s legal spokesman, Raul Lambino, said the filing of the petition for certiorari before the high tribunal was one of the options to be studied by their legal team.

“One option available is to go to the Supreme Court and file a petition for certiorari questioning the exercise of discretion, which we believe was abused by the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan in handling our earlier petition for judicial determination of probable cause,” Lambino said in a phone interview.

He said they are also considering filing a petition for bail, but added that this could take longer because such a petition is allowed only after arraignment.

“These are matters that we have to discuss with the legal team; after that, we will be presenting her the options and recommendations,” he said.

Lambino visited Arroyo Friday morning at her hospital suite at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, where she has been confined for dehydration in connection with her spine ailment.  A special police unit served the Sandiganbayan order of arrest at the VMMC Thursday afternoon.

“She’s still in dextrose, there were tests being done on her,” Lambino said.

Lambino said they expect the Sandiganbayan to issue a ruling allowing Arroyo’s indefinite detention at the VMMC because of her medical condition.