There seems to be a new protocol imposed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) under PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima regarding restrictions and limited time visitors, including family members, are to spend with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
It looks like visitors and family members could not stay with her overnight in her detention room at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City during the two mentioned holidays.
Apparently, the new protocol has also barred her husband Jose Miguel (Mike) from making conjugal visits, limited her sun exposure time to one hour a day, and prohibited her from attending mass at the VMMC chapel. Arroyo is only allowed to hear mass inside her hospital suite.
Immediately this was criticized by Arroyo’s chief of staff, lawyer Raul Lambino and her husband’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.
Even Arroyo’s colleagues/supporters in the lower House, through 1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III, filed a resolution asking the Sandiganbayan to grant Arroyo a furlough this Christmas.
Now, why would they be asking a special treatment for GMA, whose plunder charges and her hospital arrest defines the kind of leader she was to the Filipino people? Isn’t she lucky she is confined at VMMC?
As much as the new PNP protocol has been the source of much whining by GMA’s lackeys, it was actually their pronouncements that made it more preposterous.
Take for instance what Topacio said: “Those regulations may apply to jail, but it’s a hospital room, ‘di pwede mag-overnight sa jail (one can’t stay overnight in jail). The former president is ill, that’s why she’s under hospital arrest. If someone is sick, a member of the family spends night there to take care of family who is ill. Bakit ayaw nila payagan, ‘di naman ito jail? Ospital ito (Why won’t they allow, this is not a jail, this is a hospital?)”
Topacio should not start fooling the people. He knows very well that for all intents and purposes, she is under hospital arrest that doubles as a jail for her. If not for her predicament, she would have been in a real jail. So, why make a distinction?
Then, there is Bello, a former cabinet member of Arroyo’s administration, who ridiculously, if not stupidly, threatens all those behind the new protocol of karmic justice – that principle of retributive justice that may befall you in life.
Bello was actually referring to those holding power in Malacañang, telling them “to thread carefully in treating the ailing lawmaker”, meaning the former president and now Pampanga’s congresswoman.
“They are people too, there’s what we call karma in life,” Bello hastened to add.
How naïve can Bello be.
Karma has already happened and this is where his former boss finds herself in now.
It has become GMA’s fate after her presidency.
That is reality.