Philippines ex-president was charged with corruption, election fraud

On November 19, 2011, Philippine authorities formally charged former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with allegations of electoral sabotage, one day after being arrested for corruption and election fraud. Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room while being treated for a bone ailment, after the Philippine Commission on Elections approved the official fraud charges. Arroyo was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, despite the Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) investigation into the allegations of corruption. In October 2012, a Philippines court entered a not guilty plea for the former president; Arroyo refused to enter a plea because she believed the charges to be illegal.


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