GMA can vote in Lubao

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Former President Gloria Arroyo can cast her vote in Lubao, Pampanga, on May 9.

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The Supreme Court, during its special en banc session on Tuesday, allowed Arroyo to leave the Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she is being detained for plunder so that she can travel to her hometown to vote.

A source of The Manila Times said the former president was given a day of furlough with the condition that she will not hold any campaign sorties in her hometown.

Arroyo is running for her third and last term as congresswoman of Pampanga.

The High Court recently issued a stay order stopping the Sandiganbayan from pursuing the trial of Arroyo in connection with her alleged participation in embezzling P366 million in intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office from 2008 to 2010.

Arroyo had also asked the tribunal to allow her to post bail.

She filed the petition after the United Nations Working Group on Human Rights ruled that her detention is arbitrary.

JOMAR CANLAS

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