Arroyo later cancelled the project after a scandal over its supposed overpricing and the alleged bribery of public officials erupted.
Arroyo was charged with two counts of graft for approving the deal despite being allegedly disadvantageous to government and despite knowing its supposed irregularities.
The prosecution said among the anomalies Arroyo knew was the attempt of Abalos to bribe Neri with P200 million to immediately approve the project despite lack of public bidding.
Meanwhile, if it is placed under regular procedure, Arroyos case may still be tackled in the late part of the year, Gadon said.
Theres urgency for Arroyo to be brought out of hospital detention," Gadon said.