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Ex-Philippine President Arroyo posts bail, freed from detention: report

07-25-2012 14:49 BJT

MANILA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed Wednesday after posting 1 million pesos (23,792 U.S. dollars) bail before the local court, the Philippine media reported.

Arroyo, who was charged with electoral fraud and has been on hospital arrest since November, was freed Wednesday noon through a released order signed by Judge Jesus Mupas of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112, according to a report filed by the ABS-CBN News Channel. Mupas earlier said that the evidence against Arroyo was weak.

Pasay RTC Sheriff Rodelio Buenviaje who delivered the release order to Arroyo said Arroyo can leave detention unless prevented by other charges.

Arroyo's lawyer Atty. Benjamin Santos said his client is pleased the court believes evidence is weak.

Santos said that he's not yet sure if Arroyo, who was elected as Pampanga Representative, will go back to work in Congress.

Santos said Arroyo's top priority now is her health.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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