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Commission on Elections chair Sixto Brillantes said the Comelec would send a representative to carry out the registration of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the 2016 elections. 

Brillantes said they “[would] send the election officer and the documents” to Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.

He said the Comelec was still arranging the schedule for Arroyo’s registration. He added that the Arroyo camp “[would] shoulder the expenses.”

In a resolution dated August 5, the Sandiganbayan First Division allowed the former president to register for the upcoming elections with a Comelec representative sent to VMMC.

“As prayed, Lubao, Pampanga Election officer Leonilo Paule Miguel, or any of his duly authorized representatives, is hereby ordered to cause the voter list re activation and biometrics vialidation of accused Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at her place of detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), North Avenue, Quezon City, not later than October 15, 2015,” the resolution said.

Arroyo is facing plunder charges in connection with her alleged misuse of some P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office intelligence funds. Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/NB, GMA News

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