De Lima declines to comment on SC Justice Reyes to rule on Arroyos' petitions

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 10 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Thursday declined to comment on the information that Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes was assigned to write the decision on the petitions filed before the Supreme Court (SC) by former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo.

In their separate petitions, the former first couple asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the watch list order (WLO) issued against them by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The WLO was issued against the Arroyo couple and 37 others due to plunder and electoral sabotage charges filed against them.

De Lima said that it was not appropriate for the Executive Department to confirm who would write the decision on the case since that normally, such kind of information should not divulged to the public.

De Lima also refused to entertain questions as to whether she was confident that a favorable ruling from the SC would be obtained such that Justice Reyes is an appointee of President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III.

However, De Lima said that if the SC issues a TRO, they are worried that Mrs. Arroyo can leave the country any time. (PNA) RMA/PTR/utb


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