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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo not allowed to leave the country by Immigration, despite arriving at NAIA with TRO

By on Nov 15, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: November 17, 2011 3:30 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – Former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) was not allowed to leave the country on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,
arriving at NAIA on wheelchair

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As noted by local news on Tuesday night, GMA was stopped by Immigration officials from boarding the plane to travel abroad despite arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I (NAIA-I).

“This is a very sad day for the country. The immigration officials do not want to allow the former president and her husband to travel because of orders from the justice secretary [Leila de Lima],” GMA‘s spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn was quoted telling to reporters.

“If you are a good lawyer, you will know that a TRO [temporary restraining order] is higher than a directive from a mere secretary of justice. We will fight for our rights. This is too much.” She added.

As reported earlier, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived at NAIA at around 8:10 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday after the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban against them.

The former First Couple was said to be going to Singapore, but may also go to Germany and Spain. The Supreme Court issued early that day a clearance, allowing Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave the country.

Afterwards, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was interviewed at ANC by Tina Munoz-Palma via phone and noted that they have not received yet a copy of the TRO; and will still have to do their counter action before it could be followed, which she said is legal and according to the normal process.

As of this writing, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was said to have arrived back at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

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