Gloria Arroyo: My conscience is clear

2011-12-09 11:12

kalahari.com

Manila - Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has declared her conscience is clear and trusts the courts to clear her of vote rigging, in her first public comments since being charged with election fraud.

The 64-year-old, under police guard at a Manila hospital since her arrest three weeks ago, faces life in prison if found guilty of conspiring with aides to rig the 2007 senatorial elections.

"I have peace of mind because my conscience is clear," Arroyo told GMA television in an exclusive interview, portions of which were aired by the network on Friday.

Arroyo alleged that the charge was concocted to boost the popularity of her successor, Benigno Aquino, whom she accused of neglecting the economy.

"The current administration is employing demagoguery to ruin me," she said.

"It's sad that our current leaders are using black propaganda and prejudgment against me. As a result, our economic growth rate has weakened, and hunger and poverty is spreading."

Recovering

Arroyo stepped down in 2010 after nearly a decade in power with some of the worst popularity ratings of any modern Philippine leader, largely because of the widespread belief she was an extremely corrupt president.

Aquino has said she will likely soon face an array of other charges for corrupt acts she allegedly committed while in power, including plundering state coffers.

But Arroyo insisted that she believed the judiciary would affirm her innocence in the vote rigging and any other case.

"I believe in the rule of law," she said. "I think I did my best. I have great faith in God."

Arroyo also said she was recovering well from what she described as a rare bone disease that required three operations this year, but added there was no guarantee of avoiding a relapse.

A smiling Arroyo wore a dress and stood inside her hospital suite as she showed a reporter a long scar running straight down the back of her neck, and a second one on her throat, from the operations.

Arroyo was due to be moved from the exclusive hospital where she has been staying to a military-run medical facility on Friday while waiting to go on trial, with the court proceedings potentially taking years to complete.

Read more on:    gloria arroyo  |  philippines
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Nkandla: Zuma 'still looking for undue benefit'

President Jacob Zuma has told supporters at an election rally in Mpumalanga that he had not wrongfully benefited from the upgrade to his Nkandla home.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Watch what happened when we blindfolded Helen Zille and asked her to eat random things
13 days to elections - news you need to know
11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Century City - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Ratanga Road Southbound
    ROADWORKS - lane closure between Ocean Spirit Avenue and Century Boulevard (until mid April)
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 05:58 AM
    Road name: Spine Road
    ROAD CLOSED between Weltevreden Drive and Seafarer Drive due to roadworks (until mid April)
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Mother’s Day specials on appliances

Browse our range of Mother’s Day appliances to spoil and pamper mom. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9780

BlackBerry 6 Engage your world with BlackBerry 6 OS on the...

From R3049.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be more sensitive today and can be influenced easily by the energies around you. Try not to be swayed too much by the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.