Republic of the Philippines HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Quezon City FIFTEENTH CONGRESS Second Regular Session HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.

1942 ______________________________________________________________________________ Introduced by Reps. TEDDY A. CASIÑO, NERI JAVIER COLMENARES, RAFAEL V. MARIANO, LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN, RAYMOND V. PALATINO, ANTONIO L. TINIO, and EMERENCIANA A. DE JESUS

A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE OBJECTION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE SPECIAL TREATMENT BEING ACCORDED TO PAMPANGA REP. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO AND, IN PURSUIT OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW, URGING HER IMMEDIATE DETENTION IN A GOVERNMENT JAIL JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON ACCUSED OF A NON-BAILABLE OFFENSE WHEREAS, Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was arrested on November 18, 2011 for electoral sabotage, allegedly engineering the sweep of administration senatorial candidates in Maguindanao in 2007. Despite the lack of an official order from the court, the arresting team from the Philippine National Police (PNP) did not bring her to a regular detention facility and instead allowed her to be confined under guard in her expensive hospital suite at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City; WHEREAS, the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 court later on agreed to Mrs. Arroyo's temporary hospital arrest “due to her health condition” without examining its veracity from either her private doctors or independent government doctors. The said court granted such request even as it said that it “will still look at the merits of her (CGMA) lawyer’s petition to put her under hospital arrest” and would issue a court order if the government has no objection; WHEREAS, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima announced, even before receiving the petition of Mrs. Arroyo for hospital arrest, that government prosecutors would not object and are amenable to said hospital arrest; WHEREAS, in contrast to Mrs. Arroyo, of the 360 documented political prisoners, 28 are suffering from different ailments and 11 are elderly but they are hardly allowed to get proper medical attention and treatment. A peasant leader, Crisanto Fat, recently passed away in a provincial jail due to heart enlargement. Human Rights groups have been calling for his release because of his health condition but to no avail;

WHEREAS, CGMA’s official mug shots taken by the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group remain inaccessible, despite its being a public document of national interest, unlike that of former President Joseph Estrada’s which were published when he was arrested in 2001 for plunder charges. Her invocation of her right to privacy is inappropriate as such mug shots in a criminal offense is not a private matter but public in nature, being part of her arrest and prosecution documents; WHEREAS, last November 25, 2011, the official attending physicians of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo admitted before the Pasay Regional Trial Court that Arroyo is “fit to leave the hospital” and that her condition has, in fact, improved. This would mean that Arroyo and her lawyers were trying to deceive the people and the court by harping on her supposed health problems and deteriorating or even life threatening condition; WHEREAS, the admission that Arroyo is fit to leave the hospital confirms the belief that Arroyo has been faking her illness to justify her travel abroad to escape arrest and detention, thus being a flight risk; WHEREAS, after the forced admission that Arroyo is fit to leave hospital, Arroyo moved to evade jail detention and sought for another special treatment - house arrest which may well turn to be "detention" in a mansion or rest house, giver her huge wealth and property; WHEREAS, such forms of accommodation so early in the process of the case constitute special treatment given to Mrs. Arroyo and are unacceptable for they only show how the powerful and the rich continue to be given preferential treatment despite the terrible crimes for which they are accused of. It casts a negative impression of the country’s justice system, akin to the wang-wang mentality the President so often refers to when talking about the abuses of the previous administration; WHEREAS, the treatment of Mrs. Arroyo should showcase the principles of equality, justice and fairness under the law that many aggrieved Filipinos expect to be applied to someone who is charged of such serious crimes as electoral sabotage, plunder and massive human rights violations; WHEREAS, just like any other person charged with a capital offense, Mrs. Arroyo should be jailed in a regular detention cell while her case is being heard; WHEREAS, jailing Arroyo in a regular government detention facility will in no way earn the country the ire or make it the laughing stocks of the international community, as some have opined. On the contrary, the detention of a president who committed a serious, non-bailable offense will be regarded highly by the international community as the fulfilment of justice and equality before the law;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the House of Representatives express its objection to the special treatment being accorded to Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and, in pursuit of justice and equality before the law, urge her immediate detention in a government jail just like any other person accused of a non-bailable offense. Adopted,

TEDDY A. CASIÑO Bayan Muna Party-list

NERI JAVIER COLMENARES Bayan Muna Party-list

RAFAEL V. MARIANO Anakpawis Party-list

LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN Gabriela Women’s Party

RAYMOND V. PALATINO Kabataan Party-list

ANTONIO L. TINIO Alliance of Concerned Teachers Party-list

EMERENCIANA A. DE JESUS Gabriela Women’s Party

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