Arroyo pleads not guilty
Vows to fight all charges against her at arraignment hearingGloria Macapagal-Arroyo (in neck brace) escorted by police outside the court after her arraignment (photo: Cynthia Yalung)
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- February 23, 2012
Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pleaded not guilty today to charges of electoral fraud.
Arroyo, who appeared relaxed despite still wearing a neck brace, entered her plea during an arraignment hearing at a courthouse in Pasay City.
Now a congresswoman, Arroyo arrived from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City where she has been staying under hospital arrest.
The court has allowed her to stay there following a request by her lawyers who insist she needs treatment for recurring back pains.
â€śDespite the continuous and massive vilification campaign against me and my family, I have always said that I will dispute all charges at the proper forum,â€ť she told reporters.
â€śI am submitting myself to this process not only to clear my name but also as part of my commitment to respect and abide by the rules and orders of our courts,â€ť she added.
President Benigno Aquinoâ€™s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, said Arroyo's arraignment â€śbrings us one step closer toward attaining closure to the many controversies that hounded our country during the previous administration.â€ť
â€śIt is our goal to see she has her day in court under a fair and impartial system of justice. We must remain mindful of how in the past there were those who moved heaven and earth to prevent this day from arriving,â€ť Lacierda said.