October 4th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Ex-Philippines president arrested on corruption charges

Police in the Philippines have arrested former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on corruption charges, the state news agency reported Thursday.

Arroyo is at a hospital in Quezon City, police said. On Thursday, officers went to her room, where she was hooked up to an IV to treat hypertension and dehydration.

Police formally arrested her, but she'll remain in the hospital because her health won't allow her to be moved, said senior criminal investigator Jigs Coronel, CNN affiliate ABC-CBS reported.

Police said they've secured her hospital room.

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  1. Hide Behind

    Must be an occupational disease of those political and financial evildoers, when caught they get ill.
    The matter of the peoples of Phillipines revolying against central government under her previos and replacement was just the opening US neded to once again fight Phillipine insurgents and reopen our old military bases.
    Of course the rebels were all drug dealing al Q islamic terrorist but it is good training grounds for troops and helps our push against Chinas financial expasion imatter pacific to anywher for that matter.
    Corruption by Phillipine goverent ever since US stole land from Spain and Islands population just buisness as usual.

    October 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Indeed @Hide Behind and well said " occupational disease'.
    The Pacific Rim has always been and would remain a strategic region of interest for us. Its just that we have been more focused in dealing with the failures in our M.East policies and prosecuting the war on terror in this region and Africa.

    October 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    This story reminds me of one that didn't hardly see the light of day, and explains why flat screen TVs are so expensive.
    Several US and Asian eloctronics firms were busted in a price fixing scheme. I don't recall the actual out-out-court setllement...it was in the billions of dollars. None were arrested.
    THERE ARE A LOT OF CORPROATE CRIMINALS who face civil courts that do not consider crimes...only monetary damages. To streamline the justice system, civil and criminal courts should be combined. Civil judges would no longer be able to keep testimony showing criminal activity from being heard.In the courtroom. No more would the 'OJ Simpsons' of America be able to win a criminal case, and then lose that same case in civil court.
    AND I think it's high time that we have special prosecutors for domestic terrorists...with full access to CIA agents to help track down those domestics who make life terrible for other US citizens. (Liars, cheaters, and thieves...the instigators of terrorism)

    October 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TDM

      My 42" flat screen cost $349 bucks and some change. They're not expensive anymore.

      October 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Yeah right. Gloria, Barrack, and Michelle, menage-a-trois. Come back whrn you have something real to say.

    October 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    No Phillip
    When was the last time you heard of someone being treated for hyperternsion, on an IV?

    October 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Special prosecutors of domestic terrorists could each have a division they head. For example, one special prosecutor's office could focus on those who stalk and prey on our children. The Boy Scout's of america would never have been able to get away with keeping hundreds of files on troop volunteers who had rayped boys but the police were never called. The CIA could have nipped that one in the bud.
    Another office might focus on religious con-men who fleece the flock out of billions of dollars every year.
    Still another could focus on our Medical Instution and weed-out drug money MDs who prescribe dangerous drugs for profit rather than for health, saving billions of dollars and countless lives.
    Something needs to change. The way domestic fraud and terror are being handled right now isn't working.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @Jeff. Oh, about two weeks ago on http://www.drugawareness.org discussing how prenatal meds have caused prenatal hypertension in unborn babies, especially when exacerbated by domestic violence and loud-deep base music. Why do you ask?

    October 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    ...also, The Pentagon and Social Security Administration have no infrastcture to deal with fraudulent disabilty claims that cost US 100s of billions of dollars annually.
    For example, under our current system, a 30 something drunkard who claims he's disabled and the SSA tell's him 'no, you are a drunkard, sober up and go to work' can simplt sue the SSA who find it less expensive just to give the bum 970 bucks per mo. (plus medical coverage/access to drugs) than to fight a huge law firm that does nothing but sue the SSA for a living.
    The CIA directed by special prosecuutors could end Social Security and military enti tlement fraud with very few having to be waterboarded.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO ©

    The least surprising thing I've heard all day.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Hey there @BOMBO. did you happen to catch that Reuters news release I mentioned yesterday? (on the Turkey/Syrai Blog) Saudi Arabia and Qatar (read:US ) built a base of operations near the syria/turkey border to supply Syrais civil unrest. (a violation of international law)
    Syria attacked in response to this foreign aggression. the news blog made it seem as if Turkey was retaliating, not Syria.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Turkey/Saudi Arabia/Qatar were the agressors. The Syrian government responded to that aggression just like the US would if along our border. And then Turkey attacked AGAIN.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hide Behind

    What is InternationalLaw? Last I noted the only one enforcing any laws is the US military. When the laws are enforced by the lawless who needs laws.

    October 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |