MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo was arrested Thursday (October 4th) amid charges stemming from a third case of alleged corruption during her tenure, AFP reported.
An anti-graft court ordered her arrest after Arroyo was charged for allegedly taking 366m pesos ($8.8m) in state lottery funds earmarked for charitable programmes. She allegedly spent the money on campaigns.
Police arrested her at a military hospital in Manila where she had checked in early Thursday for treatment of a chronic spinal problem. AFP reported she could face life in prison if convicted. Nine other lottery and government officials have also been charged.