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Ex-Philippine president arrested in plunder case

Associated Press Published: October 4, 2012

Officials have denied Arroyo's request to seek medical treatment abroad, saying she might not return.

The charges against Arroyo in the most recent case allege that money was diverted from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's intelligence fund for her personal gain from 2008 until Arroyo stepped down in 2010.

Nine others, mostly former senior officials of the lottery agency, have also been accused and are facing arrest. Several have informed police they will surrender, Coronel said. The charges against them and Arroyo are punishable by life imprisonment and no bail is allowed.

During oral arguments earlier Thursday, the court agreed to take a second look at a defense motion seeking a reconsideration of the charges against Arroyo. Hours later, it denied the motion, clearing the way for her arrest.

Arroyo, 65, now a member of Congress from her home province of Pampanga, is seeking re-election next year. Her eldest son, Juan Miguel Arroyo, filed candidancy papers on her behalf Wednesday.