DOJ to conduct in-depth probe on reported 'asylum' plan of ex-President Arroyo — De Lima

November 14, 2011 11:30 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 14 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will conduct an in-depth investigation into the reported plan of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to seek political asylum in the Dominican Republic.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima said on Monday the investigation would also include the visit in the Philippines of Dominican Republic Ambassador Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos, more so that it is confirmed from the database of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) that the envoy arrived and stayed in the country from Oct. 25 to 28, 2011.

De Lima said the investigation of the DOJ will not stop just because of the denial of Dominican Republic Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso about the alleged request for asylum of Mrs. Arroyo.

The DOJ chief said she would like to confirm the actual purpose of the visit of Castellanos in the country, whether he went to the house of Mrs. Arroyo in Quezon City and if the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was advised of such a visit.

De Lima explained that Castellanos is an ambassador to an Asian country and a high official in the diplomatic circle.

Hence, De Lima said, he (Castellanos) should have advised the DFA about his visit. (PNA)

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