Former President Gloria Arroyo
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Philippine court orders Arroyo arrest for plunder

4 October 2012 Last updated at 16:10 BST

A Philippine court has ordered former President Gloria Arroyo's arrest on plunder charges for allegedly misusing state lottery funds while in office.

Mrs Arroyo is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office for her personal gain.

She was detained earlier this year on a separate election fraud charge but released on bail in July.

The warrant came a day after she filed papers seeking re-election to congress.

Kate McGeown reports.