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Detained ex-Filipino leader wants home on New Year

December 26, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines—Arrested ex-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has asked a court to allow her to welcome the new year in her upscale residence after spending Christmas in detention.

Judge Jesus Mupas earlier rejected Arroyo's plea to celebrate Christmas and New Year at home citing security reasons. Mupas allowed her family to join her in celebrating the holidays at her hospital suite in the capital.

Lawyer Laurence Arroyo asked Mupas on Monday to reconsider and allow her to be at home on New Year.

Court officer Felda Domingo says Mupas will be on holiday leave until Jan. 6 and may not be able to deal with her plea.

Mupas ordered Arroyo arrested last month for allegedly ordering the rigging of the 2007 senatorial elections. She denies the charge.

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