Arroyo was detained for five years for alleged misuse of P366-million Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds. She, however, was released in July 2016 after the Supreme Court voted to acquit her in the remaining plunder case.
In 2011, Arroyo, who was facing initial investigation on alleged electoral fraud, was barred by then Justice secretary de Lima from leaving the country to seek treatment despite a temporary restraining order from the high tribunal.
Panelo said De Lima should welcome the charges against her because “she would have the opportunity to defend herself.”
“She should welcome that,” he said.
On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court three drug-related charges against De Lima.