DOJ verifies Arroyo's 'asylum papers' for Dominican Republic

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Nov. 10 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) is verifying published reports that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has already been granted "asylum papers" by the Dominican Republic since Oct. 25, 2011.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima on Thursday said that she received a text message about the said information, adding that, the department was making appropriate verification.

De Lima said that the DOJ could not just take for granted such information.

The DOJ is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to help confirm the existence of the "asylum papers".

It was earlier published in newspapers that Dominican Republic Ambassador to India Hans Dannenberg himself delivered the "asylum papers" to Mrs. Arroyo on Oct. 25, 2011.

The DOJ disallows Mrs. Arroyo to travel abroad as it doubted that the real intent of her travel was to seek medical treatment for her bone disease. (PNA)

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