18 Nov '11, 10pm

Arroyo arrested in hospital for electoral fraud, preventing her from leaving the Philippines

MANILA - Former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (picture) was arrested in a Manila hospital yesterday on charges of electoral fraud, preventing her from leaving the country to seek medical treatment. President Benigno Aquino and his government have long accused Arroyo, 64, of corruption during her two terms in office, from 2001 to 2010, though the authorities had not formally charged her until yesterday. "She is now under our control, under our custody," Senior Superintendent Franklin Bucayu, head of the Southern Police District, said at a news briefing outside St Luke's Hospital. "We tried to read her rights but her lawyers waived it because of her condition. She smiled at us and she was expecting it." The arrest warrant had been issued earlier in the day, just after the government lost a bid to reverse a Supreme Court ruling allowing Arroyo to travel abroad. Her photo...

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