Many options were considered before denying ex-PGMA's request — De Lima

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima said on Wednesday she considered many options before she finally decided to deny the request of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to allow her to travel abroad to seek medical treatment.

Among the options considered, De Lima said, were to grant the request for an Allow Departure Order (ADO) without any conditions, or allow her to seek medical treatment abroad with some conditions such as the former President would be accompanied by some agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The NBI, which is the Philippines' premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the DOJ.

At the same time, De Lima said she is also considering to invite the foreign doctors of Mrs. Arroyo to come and provide medical treatment to her in the Philippines.

De Lima said that before criticizing her, the critics should first read very carefully the contents of her decision because she has explained well the reasons why she did not grant Mrs. Arroyo's request for an ADO. (PNA)

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