Thursday, November 17, 2011

Arroyo asks SC to stop DOJ from preventing her travel

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration from preventing her from seeking medical treatment abroad.
In a 12-page urgent motion filed by lawyer Estelito Mendoza, Mrs. Arroyo asked the high court to order respondents Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Immigration chief Ricardo David Jr. to let her leave the country.
The motion was filed after Immigration officials Tuesday night barred Mrs. Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel, from boarding a plane — reportedly bound for Hong Kong — even after
the Supreme Court ordered the Justice Department and the Immigration Bureau from enforcing a watch list order
The watch list order requires the Arroyos to ask for government permission before traveling abroad.
By preventing Mrs. Arroyo from leaving the country despite the Supreme Court order, De Lima and David "are disregarding the core value of separation of powers among the co-equal branches of the government and the principle of checks and balances which guarantee our basic freedoms."
"Wherefore petitioner GMA [Arroyo's initials] respectfully prays that this Honorable Court immediately implement the Temporary Restraining Order, dated 15 November 2011 issued in the above-captioned case and order the respondents, their agents, representatives and persons acting in their stead to immediately cease and desist from preventing petitioner GMA from leaving the country," part of the motion read. — KBK/VS, GMA News

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