Former Philippines leader held over graft charge

October 05, 2012
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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.

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    • AL Deliganu
      October 4, 2012 @ 09:10:11PM
    • Not too late to arrest culprits.

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