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Groups slam ‘special treatment’ for Arroyo

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Groups slam ‘special treatment’ for Arroyo

“It is getting clearer and clearer by the day that the government’s drive to impeach Corona is mainly about Hacienda Luisita…” – Kilusang Mayo Uno
BY RONALYN V. OLEA
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MANILA — Hundreds of protesters trooped to the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center (VMCC) this morning to condemn the Aquino government’s approval of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s continued hospital detention.

“Arroyo deserves to be detained in a jail facility, not a hospital. We are angry that the Aquino government, for all its pretensions of going after Arroyo, is giving her special treatment,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairman, said.

Last week, a Pasay regional trial court judge has allowed the former president’s stay at the VMMC for health reasons. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Malacañang respects the decision of the court, “having relied on the medical opinion of her attending physician and with due accord to her position as former president.”

Arroyo is detained for charges of electoral sabotage.

“How can the Aquino government move heaven and earth to impeach Corona, Arroyo’s accomplice, and let Arroyo herself, the bigger criminal, as well as Palparan, have a comfortable stay in a government hospital? That is only possible if the Aquino government’s goal in impeaching Corona is not to punish Arroyo and the likes of Palparan but to advance other interests,” Labog said.

It is publicly known that Malacañang had a hand in the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona by the House of Representatives in December.

Retired Maj. General Jovito Palparan Jr., meanwhile, is Arroyo’s favorite general who is still at large despite a pending warrant of arrest for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. Palparan is implicated in the disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan..... MORE

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