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Gloria Arroyo: 'I was prejudged'

Former president Gloria Arroyo believes that the Aquino administration has prejudged her, she said in an exclusive interview aired on GMA News’ “24 Oras” with Arnold Clavio on Thursday.   “Na-prejudge ako ng bagong administrasyon. Gumagamit pa ng demagoguery para sa ganun ay siraan ako ng tuluyan,” the former President said.   “Siyempre kasi kung sisiraan ako, mukhang magaling siya,” she continued, without naming President Benigno Aquino III.   Arroyo, who is now the representative of Pampanga’s Second District, said she maintains peace of mind amid accusations. “Malinis ang aking konsensiya… sa aking pagkapangulo, bukod-tangi kong layunin ay maglingkod… I did my best. I think no one will quarrel with my kasipagan.”   As of this posting, GMA News Online is still waiting for presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda for comment.   The former President is about to transfer from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig to Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City on orders from a Pasay City Regional Trial Court.   Clavio said that Arroyo's husband, Jose Miguel, and son, Mikey were with her in the hospital, and will remain by her side during the transfer. Other close friends also visited the ex-president as she prepared to leave for Veterans Memorial.   On Arroyo’s health, Clavio reported that she is still seeking a second opinion on her medical condition from a US- based Filipino doctor. She is able to do morning and afternoon exercises as part of her therapy.   Arroyo said her condition seems to be improving, but she is still unable to get an official diagnosis on her disease. “Eto, gumagaling na itong operasyon ko bagama't hindi natin alam kung tuluyang hindi na babalik… dahil wala pa tayong official diagnosis doon sa sinusupetsahang metabolic bone disease.”   Clavio noted that her disposition seemed to be positive, and that she drew strength from her family, especially her two grandchildren.    “Parang tiwala siya na malulusutan niya itong mga kasong hinaharap ngayon,” Clavio noted. — AL/VS, GMA News