The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Former Philippine president Arroyo to run for Congress again


MANILA (AFP) - Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo registered on Wednesday to run for another term in Congress, despite facing graft charges and claiming to be suffering a serious illness that needs treatment abroad.

The 65-year-old politician posted on her Facebook page her certificate of candidacy for Congress in her home province of Pampanga in the 2013 elections.

Her spokesman Elena Bautista-Horn said Mrs Arroyo's son Mikey filed his mother's registration for her. Mrs Arroyo served as president of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, during which she was accused of numerous corruption and vote-fraud scandals.

Her arch-critic Mr Benigno Aquino was elected as her successor, running on an anti-graft platform and promising to hold Mrs Arroyo to account for her alleged misdeeds.