-Former president and current Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo said that six of her authored bills while in hospital detention are now made into law
- Some of these laws are the Household Helpers' Rights bill, the Anti-drunk driving act, and the bill for absentee voting for OFW's
-Arroyo was detained while being charged for plunder due to the alleged misuse of PCSO funds
Despite being in hospital and house arrest for the past 4 years, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has been serving as the representative of the 2nd district of Pampanga authored six bills that have now become laws.
After being acquitted upon the Supreme Court's ruling that the charges of plunder against her lacked strong evidence, Arroyo was released from hospital detention and has made her first appearance to work as the 17th Congress assumed since she was detained.
She said that she wrote seven bills that turned into six laws, two of which were collaborations with yer youngest son, Rep. Dato Arroyo, who previously served as Camarines Sur Congressman.
The first bill that both Arroyo and Dato collaboratively authored and filed was the 'Household Helpers' Rights (Kasambahay Bill). She said that they filed the HB1140 on August 2, 2010, and was turned into law on January 18, 2013.
According to the congresswoman, there was one bill that got affected by her detention that eventually came out not the way she intended.
On November 11, 2010, Arroyo filed a bill on absentee voting for overseas voters after discussing with overseas Filipinos who clamored for more political rights.
Initially, the bill she filed on absentee voting was to allow overseas Filipinos with dual citizenship for them to be able to come back and run for public office. She said that her being in detention was the impediment that disallowed that amendment to be filed. The goal of her amendment was to increase voting participation of overseas Filipinos.
Arroyo also authored the Anti-Drunk Driving Act or the RA 3001. She filed the bill on November 11, 2010, and it became a law on May 27, 2013. She was then detained just shortly after the Anti-Drunk Driving Act was put into law
Overall, Arroyo said that she filed more than 250 bills as a legislator, most of which were filed while she was under hospital arrest. When asked what is next for her in the 17th Congress, the former president said that it is all up to God.