MANILA, Philippines – Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has left the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Wednesday 7 months after being placed under hospital arrest for electoral sabotage.
Footage taken by ABS-CBN News showed Mrs. Arroyo walking hand in hand with a young boy outside the hospital before boarding a coaster at around 2:30 pm.
Her release came on the same day a Pasay City regional trial court allowed her to post bail of 1 million pesos in the electoral sabotage case against her.
Arroyo, 65, was arrested at an exclusive hospital shortly after immigration authorities blocked her at Manila airport while trying to leave the country in November.
Arroyo was charged with “electoral sabotage”, a crime punishable with life in jail, for allegedly conspiring with a feared political warlord to rig the 2007 senatorial elections.
Her successor, Benigno Aquino, had vowed to have her brought to justice for many acts of corruption he alleged she committed during her nine years in office that ended in 2010.
Arroyo has also been charged with corruption for approving an allegedly graft-tainted contract to set up a national government broadband system as well as siphoning off $8 million in state lottery funds. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/07/25/12/arroyo-leaves-vmmc