SC may rule on petition filed by ex-President Arroyo on Thursday — Marquez

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 9 — The Supreme Court (SC) may rule on Thursday on the petition filed by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the watchlist order (WLO) issued against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The DOJ issued the WLO against Mrs. Arroyo because of the plunder and electoral sabotage charges filed against her.

The petition of the former President, filed on Tuesday, questioned the legality of DOJ Circular No. 41 authorizing the Justice Secretary to issue WLO or hold departure order (HDO) against an individual.

SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that because of the urgency of the petition, the separate petitions filed by Mrs. Arroyo and her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, may be raffled off today (Wednesday).

Marquez added that a decision on the petition may be issued on Thursday.

He explained that based on the SC Rules, the decision on the petition need not go to the SC En Banc as it is considered as an urgent decision.

Marquez said that Chief Justice Renato Corona will return to the country from an official trip overseas on Thursday. (PNA) DCT/scs/PTR/mec


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