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MANILA – “So cruel, so unjust, not human.”

This was how former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos described the condition of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her detention suite at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.

“It is no longer a fight for justice, it’s a fight for life,” Mrs. Marcos said as she assailed the detention of Arroyo in the hospital.

“What is worse is that she is only visited by her husband, children in the afternoon up to nine o’clock (p.m.), then she has no one (to accompany her),” the former first lady said.

Fulfilling her earlier promise, the former first lady took time off the other day (Jan. 20) to visit Arroyo. The more-than-one-hour hospital visit had emotionally affected her.

Visibly depressed while in the House plenary hall to she proceeded after her visit, Mrs. Marcos looked unsteady as she walked later out of the hall. She turned down a media interview but she later relented.

“I am so sorry, so sad to be there,” she told reporters as she was ushered in to her car after a 15-minute stay in the Lower House plenary hall.

The Ilocos Norte lawmaker visited her detained colleague barely two days after telling reporters that she intended to look into Arroyo’s condition.

Filadelfo Diaz, Marcos’ chief of staff, said their party arrived at the VMMC at 3:15 p.m. and left shortly before 5 p.m.

Mrs. Marcos brought a bouquet of roses, a boxed gift and red wine for the Pampanga lawmaker, Diaz said. He described the visit as “very amiable, like a meeting of friends who have not seen each other for a long while.” (Manila Bulletin)

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