Former President and now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was now reported to have left the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC). She passed by the chapel to pray for awhile, but now her convoy has left VMMC via the Mindanao Avenue exit. Police took control of the situation (protesters were also at the North Avenue gate) after being blocked by protesters at the Mindanao Avenue exit, and is now ready to proceed to her house in La Vista Quezon City.
Outside the VMMC, ralliers anxiously awaited for her departure. The ralliers, who called themselves volunteers for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, started from a group of 30 which grew to an approximate 200 by 2 pm, they were seen converging earlier noon at gate 1 of the VMMC bearing placards that speak of their love for the jailed leader.
Their number continuous to increase as news about Arroyo’s bail spread, more than the number of anti-Arroyo militants who were already at VMMC since mid-morning. The militant groups are composed of Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Pamalakaya, among others.
The pro-Arroyo “volunteers” said they’re from a community near Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City and that nobody paid them to show support for Arroyo.
About 50 riot policemen are now guarding the gate of VMMC while more than 10 traffic enforcers from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are manning the flow of vehicles at the intersection along North Avenue.
Representatives at VMMC says Arroyo will still be coming back to the hospital for her daily check-up. Atty. Raul lambino say Arroyo will seek alternative medical treatment in tagaytay tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the COMELEC has assured that there is already a Hold Departure Order against Arroyo so she will not be allowed to leave the country.
Arroyo’s heavily tinted white coaster and convoy stuck again in traffic along Tandang Sora going to La Vista, Quezon City.
A crowd that introduced themselves as supporters of Arroyo gathered in front of La Vista.
Arroyo convoy touches down in La Vista Subdivision.
Supporters cheering her convoy’s arrival. Shouting “Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!”. Rep. Gloria Arroyo was seen waving to supporters as her convoy enters La Vista
Arroyo’s spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn says “Nagpapasalamat kami. Nananaig pa rin ang katarungan.”
Risa Hontiveros tweets “Supporters r chanting, Gloria, Gloria! Hmmm, is that d name of d next typhoon? Hehe. Never mind, we have better disaster preparedness now.”
Harvey Keh tweets “Ironic that Pres. Arroyo was released on bail on the same wk that
#CJsearch is currently on going. We rly need to reform our justice system!”
Earlier at VMMC, Arroyo signs her release order.
Albert C. Lim tweets “GMA must proceed immediately to the House and attend today’s session.”
Luz Ilagan tweets ” GMA’s release is the Kontra-SONA that says it all. Pres. Aquino never did muster enough resolve to indict Arroyo and her minions.”
After signing, Arroyo leaves VMMC with family. That’s Len Horn, Diggy, Kakai and Nacho Arroyo walking with her.
Arroyo waves to supporters upon her arrival at La Vista in Quezon City.
Len Bautista-Horn says Arroyo in her room resting. She may talk to media later on, but as of now no statement prepared. “We humbly seek your understanding…to allow Arroyo to enjoy some precious moments with her family.”