Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can celebrate her birthday with her family in her detention quarters at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC).
The Sandiganbayan First Division on Wednesday granted Arroyo’s motion to allow her immediate family to stay with her for three days.
The court granted the request for humanitarian considerations, the one-page resolution read.
Arroyo, who is also a congresswoman from Pampanga, will turn 67 on Saturday.
On Monday, she filed an urgent motion asking the court to allow her family to join her at the hospital after the Sandiganbayan denied an earlier request for a three-day furlough so that she could travel to Pampanga.
Arroyo has been under hospital arrest since 2011 for electoral sabotage.
The court’s First Division, which is hearing her plunder case in connection with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) fund scam, directed Arroyo to submit the list of immediate family members to the Police Security and Protection Group by April 3.