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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo requests SC to stop DOJ travel ban, Leila De Lima says constitutional crisis not intended

By on Nov 17, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: November 18, 2011 3:15 p.m.

Read Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to try leaving the country again, SC denies DOJ motion, De Lima ordered to explain

Manila, Philippines – Former President and incumbent Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) requested the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the travel ban ordered by DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
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As noted at local news on Thursday, November 17, 2011, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed a 12-page urgent motion that morning to stop the DOJ and Bureau of Immigration (BI) from blocking their travel abroad.

According to reports, the former president emphasized that she is “without any other plain, speedy and adequate remedy” but to request SC to instruct the two agencies to allow her to leave the country.

The Arroyo couple was said to be going to Singapore, but may also go to Germany and Spain, to seek medical treatment for the Pampanga congresswoman. It is being feared that Mrs. Arroyo will not return to the country to face the allegations against her.

As reported earlier, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was stopped by immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I (NAIA-I) last Tuesday night, hours after SC issued a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) reversing the order of the Leila De Lima.

Meanwhile, this controversy is now being noted to cause constitutional crisis in the country, which the Justice Secretary saying that is not her intention. De Lima stressed out that enforcement of the travel ban the other day is “not an act of defiance.”

She noted that the TRO should be effective only after the government will present its side through a formal comment and through the holding of oral arguments, contrary to SC‘s claim that it should comply with the order immediately.

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