Gloria Arroyo returns to House after a year of absence
MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Days after she was granted temporary liberty, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon to perform her duties as representative of the second district of Pampanga.
Mrs. Arroyo showed up during the day’s session after a year of absence from House proceedings. She was still wearing a neck brace, and was being escorted by her son, Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo.
Last Wednesday, the former President was granted temporary liberty after she was allowed to post a P1-million bail for a poll sabotage case she is currently facing before the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 112.
Mrs. Arroyo had missed sessions since July last year after she was diagnosed with a pinched nerve on her spine. She was arrested last November and was placed on hospital detention for eight months.
The former President only managed to attend 35 of the 59 session days last year, based on records from the office of the House secretary-general. This makes Mrs. Arroyo one of the top absentees in the lower chamber last year. (MNS)