23 Feb '12, 12am

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo, charged with rigging an election, pleads not guilty

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo, charged with rigging an election, pleads not guilty

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo (above) is expected to plead not guilty when she appears in court on Thursday for the first time since being charged with rigging an election. -- PHOTO: AFP MANILA (AFP) - A smiling ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo pleaded not guilty on Thursday in her first court appearance since being charged with rigging an election, an offence that could see her jailed for life. Arroyo is accused of conspiring with a feared political warlord to rig the 2007 senatorial elections but she has denied any wrongdoing and insists her successor, Mr Benigno Aquino, is waging a vendetta against her. 'Not guilty,' Arroyo, 64, told the judge after standing up in a Manila courthouse wearing a neck brace to support her spine that she says is weakened from a rare disease. Arroyo had smiled and waved to a crowd of journalists after she arrived at the court fr...

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channelnewsasia.com 22 Feb '12, 9pm

MANILA: Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo is expected to plead not guilty when she appears in court on Thursday fo...