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Philippine ex-president Arroyo refuses to enter plea

(Xinhua)

09:15, October 30, 2012

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (C) is escorted by police before her arraignment on the plunder charges in Sandiganbayan in Quezon City, the Philippines, Oct. 29, 2012. Arroyo refused to enter a plea on charges of plunder filed before the country's anti-graft court, local media said Monday. Arroyo has been charged with plunder for allegedly misusing intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during her presidency. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to enter a plea on charges of plunder filed before the country's anti-graft court, local media said Monday.

The First Division of the Sandiganbayan followed the rules of court and entered a not guilty plea on her behalf, according to the report filed by local news website www.inquirer.net.

Arroyo has been charged with plunder for allegedly misusing intelligence funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ( PCSO) during her presidency.

The Sandiganbayan ordered her arrest. Arroyo, who is suffering from a heart disease and bone mineral disorder, is now under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.


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