Today, two days before the celebration of EDSA 1986, a former president will stand before the court of the land and plead her case.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is slated to appear before the Regional Trial Court of Pasay in connection with criminal cases filed against her, among which are accusations of rigging the elections, among others. This vote rigging case is one among many cases charged against the former president.
Arroyo has been in jail since November, the very same time that she tried to get out of the country reportedly to get treatment from Singapore. Her allies tried to raise a howl when the administration prevented her from leaving the country, inspite of the TRO issued by the Supreme Court on the DOJ circular placing her under watchlist order.
Arroyo's health has since improved, according to her own allies. Inspite of this, Arroyo remains at the Veteran's Memorial Hospital. Groups are calling for her transfer to a regular jail cell at Pasay City.
Arraignment is the first stage in the trial of a case. If Gloria enters her plea, she then accepts the fact that the court has jurisdiction over her and her person.