Former Philippine President Arrested in Hospital Room
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo accused of corruption
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 18, 2011 8:05 AM CST
Former Philippine President and current member of Congress Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, center, is assisted by her aides as they leave the airport in Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.   (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

(Newser) – Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges today, in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country, ostensibly for medical treatment. In a drama that has galvanized the Philippines, Arroyo, 64, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a head and neck brace, was turned back Tuesday night from boarding a flight out of Manila. Authorities said she was still under investigation and might become a fugitive. Arroyo denies any wrongdoing.

The Supreme Court earlier today upheld her right to travel, but the government ignored the order and a lower court where the formal charges were filed later issued an arrest warrant that effectively bars her from leaving. Arroyo has been recovering in a hospital since her failed attempt to leave the country Tuesday, and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she will remain confined to her hospital room. The charges stem from allegations that Arroyo conspired with officials to tamper with results of 2007 congressional polls to favor her candidates.

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Nov 18, 2011 10:29 AM CST
Gloria Arroyo was a corrupt President who kissed up to George Bush, betrayed her country's Constitution, and would sell her soul for a few pesos. Let's see if the U.S. bails her out.
Nov 18, 2011 9:01 AM CST
Documentary on the election theft of 2004 ( "How Ohio Pulled It Off" ) At the end they show that the exit poll differential was the same as it was in the Ukraine when the US told them they had to redo the election ( which they did ) or face serious consequences.
Nov 18, 2011 8:50 AM CST
You know, one day mankind is going to actually INVENT new forms of government. Right now we are in a position where most people (and so called political scientist) are brainwashed into thinking that the choices are either Democracy or Dictatorship, and none other. This is what keeps people grumbling about their displeasure about Democracy, while clinging to it at the same time. The problem with Democracy is two fold: 1. Unlimited Democracy means that the leadership is controlled by a majority, who in turn are easily swayed in many different ways. One also has to look at the fact that the average voter is not educated enough about whatever issue they are voting on, on average. 2. Democracies are blended with humanist philosophy. This means no executions for political leaders for corruption. Unlike in China, where a corrupt government official led to baby food poisoning, thus leading to his execution. In American Democracy, a political official is faced with simply doing a few years in jail for the risk of gaining a lifetime of wealth.