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

By on Nov 18, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: November 18, 2011 5:17 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – Former President and incumbent Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) is being set to try leaving the country again on Friday, November 18, 2011.

SC Spokesman Midas Marquez
Image Credit: ANC Video

As reported at ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) that day, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is being set to have a flight bound to Singapore at 5:10 p.m. (local time) this Friday, along with her husband, Mike Arroyo.

This is after the Supreme Court (SC) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the Solicitor General, which was voted by 8-5, as announced by SC Administrator and spokesman Midas Marquez.

Apparently, this was SC‘s response of the 12-page urgent motion filed by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday, Thursday, requesting that DOJ and Bureau of Immigration (BI) to allow her to travel abroad.

However, Marquez stressed out that it was the watchlist order by DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima that was denied, and this is not related to the cases filed at the Pasay City RTC earlier.

Besides ordering the Justice Secretary to follow the TRO (Temporary Restraining Order), Leila De Lima is also being directed to formally explain why she should not be held in contempt for court.

The Supreme Court, through Midas Marquez, mentioned two reasons; one is for not obeying TRO the SC has issued and for showing disrespect towards the SC. The report should be submitted within 10 days.

Marquez noted that if De Lima will be found guilty of disrespecting the Supreme Court, she could be fined of not more than P30,000 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.

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