DOJ chief rejects ADO for ex-President Arroyo

November 8, 2011 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 8 — Justice Secretary Leila De Lima rejected on Tuesday the request of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for an allow departure order (ADO).

In a press conference, De Lima said that she issued an 11-page order dated November 8, denying the ADO request and barring Mrs. Arroyo from leaving the country to seek medical treatment abroad.

De Lima said that she is not convinced of the exceptional reasons and justifications to grant the former President's request for an ADO.

"There is no compelling or urgent necessity to seek medical treatment abroad as certified and attested to by Secretary of Health (Enrique) Ona," De Lima said.

Secretary Ona earlier said that the former President is "recuperating well" and that there is no need for her to seek medical treatment abroad.

De Lima said they see no immediate need for her (Mrs. Arroyo) to leave the country.

She noted the "discrepancy" in the medical abstract as against those indicated in the affidavit of the applicant.

As to the question if there is any life-threatening condition on the health of the former President, De Lima said, "There is none."

She added that if not allowed to seek medical treatment abroad, "it will not result to irreparable damage to the former President."

Likewise, De Lima is also concerned that the five countries named in Mrs. Arroyo's itinerary have no existing extradition treaties with the Philippines.

These five countries are Singapore, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Mrs. Arroyo has applied for an ADO to seek medical consultation in Singapore, Spain, Germany and Austria, and attend a conference in Geneva, Switzerland. (PNA)

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