Additional Sun Exposure For GMA

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) granted Thursday an additional one hour sun exposure every afternoon for former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

At the hearing held at the Pasay City regional trial court, the poll body did not oppose the new motion filed by the lawyer of Mrs. Arroyo.

Lawyer Ray Montri Santos filed the motion before RTC Branch 112 under Judge Jesus Mupas on recommendation of Mrs. Arroyo's attending phycisian, Dr. Victoria Javier at the Veteran's Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), where she is currently under hospital arrest. Based on the motion, Javier made a recommendation for additional one hour sun exposure in the afternoon for Mrs. Arroyo due to her Vitamin D deficiency.

Santos prayed to the court to come out with the same order on their Urgent Ad Cautelam they filed last December 13, 2011 that the former president be allowed to leave her room daily to have sun exposure and daily exercise for at least one hour in the morning every day.

Mupas granted the request of Santos on December 21, 2011 that the former president to have at least one hour sun exposure in the morning within the hospital vicinity.

Felda Domingo, court spokesperson, said that the court's order on the motion filed by Santos will favor them since the Comelec did not oppose it. But the Comelec headed by Atty. Maria Juana Valeza asked Mupas to order the attending physicians of the former president at the VMMC to strictly comply with the court's order last February 9 and to submit immediately as possible the monthly medical reports and costs/expenses reports.