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Court junks Gloria Arroyo's bid for biometric voter data

A Pasay City court on Thursday junked former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's bid to have her biometric voter data taken by the Commission on Elections. Judge Jesus Mupas considered the Comelec's objection that cited concerns about the availability of the biometric machine, radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported. The report said the Comelec had argued that the taking of biometric data is not mandatory for voters. Earlier reports quoted a motion for reconsideration filed by the Comelec that there is no need for Mrs. Arroyo to get the biometric data because she was able to vote in the last election. Also, it argued that Arroyo's filing of a certificate of candidacy in the 2010 congressional election is proof that she already had a voter’s data at the Comelec. Mrs. Arroyo has been under hospital arrest since Nov. 18 last year, when Mupas ordered her arrest on charges of electoral sabotage. The judge also ordered her transferred from the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City last December 9. — LBG, GMA News