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Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo barred from leaving the country despite Supreme Court order reports that immigration officials on Tuesday evening (November 15) prevented former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from flying out of the Philippines.
Published on: Nov 16, 2011 - 8:00am reports that immigration officials on Tuesday evening (November 15) prevented former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from flying out of the Philippines.


Since the Supreme Court (SC) had issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on a government watchlist action on Arroyo, she and her camp made quick arrangements to fly out of Manila. According to the report, Arroyo has a November 17 appointment with doctors in Singapore.


Arroyo, escorted by her entourage, was was wheeled into the NAIA Terminal 1. However, Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials did not allow her to get on her flight—supposedly a 9:30 p.m. Tiger Airways flight to Singapore.


BI officials said they were only following the orders of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima, who has been tasked to "pin down Arroyo for graft and electoral fraud accusations."


Apparently, the DOJ and the Supreme Court have different interpretations on the actual effectivity of the SC order. De Lima explained: "The reported TRO has not been substantiated to exist pending the receipt by the respondents through the Office of the Solicitor General. Hence, the status quo, which is the existence of the watch list order against the Arroyos remains." She said that she will take full responsibility for her order.


Thus, Arroyo and her camp had no choice but to leave the airport. The former president was taken to St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. Her lawyers vowed to file contempt of court charges against BI and DOJ officials.


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  • genuine
    A lowly court just about superseded the Supreme Court and its TRO. Only in the pilipins!
    Nov 19 2011 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
  • genuine
    As one arroyo wag would put it, their camp was bullet-trained by that RTC judge who put the arrest warrant against the former prez. And that's for the non-bailable crime of electoral sabotage. It was crammed so fast the bullet train levitated, but then again those things do levitate. Let's just say that Pnoy's chief manananggal is way faster this time than the former dominatrix's horned manananggal with this judicial SNAFU. What a sordid mess, indeed
    Nov 19 2011 @ 04:35pm     Reply  
  • ramona revilla
    Bwahahaha! Nakatakas ako! Walang magagawa si De Lima!
    Nov 19 2011 @ 02:56pm     Reply  
  • highfive
    Si De Lima ang may huling halakhak. Kudos to you Madam Leila.rnrn
    Nov 19 2011 @ 11:24am     Reply  
  • jts
    hanep ka De lima, lakas magpowertrip ah? ano ka batas???! reminder lang, hindi ka batas, justice ka lang!!
    Nov 17 2011 @ 02:46pm     Reply  
  • lady karm
    ...kasalanan ni aling gloria yan... kung di siya nagsinungaling sa taong bayan; kung di niya ninakaw pagkapangulo ni fpj-- paniniwalaan natin sana siya kapag sabihing niyang babalik siya... kaso nga, mahirap paniwalaan ang alam na nating mangogoyo...
    Nov 17 2011 @ 01:04pm     Reply  
  • atm
    ang tatalino niyo! puro kayo rule of law, technicality ekek. why not use COMMON SENSE? obvious naman na tumatakas ang mga arroyo! ano ba! her medical condition is obviously not life threatening. even her doctors attest to that as stated in the medical abstract. and her condition CAN BE TREATED HERE. bone biopsy? this is a regular procedure done in ALL tertiary hospitals. HYPOPARATHYROIDISM? Internists and endocrinologists are more that capable of treating that.rnif her travel is solely for medical management, then why the need to go to three different countries as stated in her itinerary? and if she is indeed in frail condition, why are there several international conferences lined up for her to attend abroad.rnWAKE UP PINOYS!
    Nov 17 2011 @ 09:09am     Reply  
  • hillary
    hillary was wearing black througout her stay in the she mourning?
    Nov 17 2011 @ 03:11am     Reply  
  • krung krung kayo
    Everyone's out of board here. (=rnrnCGMA should stay. Enough of the political drama. Enough of trying to divert the people. rnrnrn1. CGMA's medical condition is non-life-threatening. The Philippine Medical Association offers their service for the beloved ex-president. The government offers CGMA too some help to get the medical equipment she maybe needing in the future. rnrn2. It's basically fundamental right vs national interest. They can never be compared though but I think the national interest is the top priority here. rnrn3. Supreme Court are manned by politically intelligent people for all we know. But let's not forget these law experts are placed by Arroyo before she had to leave her precious throne. Hopefully, it's not a part of a political strategy. Our paranoia are just and valid, right?rnrn4. We just can't say "Let her leave, if she comes back then good, if not then let karma goes back on her". Where's justice then? Where's due process?rn
    Nov 17 2011 @ 01:35am     Reply  
  • husgado
    Delikado itong pinapakita ni Abnoy! potential diktador daw ayon ki Tulfo at Joker Arroyo...Malamang ma KUDETA ito !
    Nov 16 2011 @ 11:07pm     Reply  
  • scared pinoy
    With what de lima did, it is just even more glaring that the present government is truly incompetent and incapable of observing due process and the laws of the land....which is quite ironic considering this is the dept of JUSTICE and the President of the Philippines we are talking about....I also personally do not like GMA, but what we personally think or feel about a person is NOT important and NOT relevant in this case....that is why we have laws and should follow due process. that is why the lady of justice holding the weighing scale is blindfolded...because there should be no bias when interpreting and enacting laws....just because the government did NOT like the decision of the SC, they act like wounded children. Follow due process....follow the legal processes. it is funny that of all people in this country, at this time it seems the government has FAILED to observe due legal process, and de lima is just trying to invent silly excuses to explain their st*p*d acts. and what i do not get is WHERE IS THE VOICE of NOYNOY AQUINO??? how come we have not heard a peep from him about all this commotion...where is he? he is there to inspect the airport, but when something as embarrassing as illegal acts of his government occurs, he does not come out and communicate....what is up with that? what kind of leader do we truly have??
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:25pm     Reply  
  • dilemna
    There are 2 TROs that have been violated by Pnoy's adm. 1 is the PEACE bonds by DOF & kim henares and WLO of Sec. Dilemna. Sec. De Lima shd be called sec. of injustice. Why doesnt she file the case first, 1 year na yang plunder at election fraud puro lang presscon. Constitutional right ni Arroyo ang pumili ng doctor niya at kung gusto magpagamot sa ibang bansa. Nasa sa kanya ang final decision. Hindi pwedeng iimpose. Puro txt angpinaniniwalaan ni Delimna. Noong election puro txt din ang kumalat courtesy o Pnoys camp. Sayang ang belib ko kay delima-arrogante wala sa katwiran, mapangapi, mapanggipit.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:01pm     Reply  
  • macam
    I've heard that the cure for her disease were only available abroad.rnrnLet's just say that she is guilty of all the charges that has been accused to her, why not let her be cured then let her face all the punishment that would be pressed against her while in full health.rn
    Nov 16 2011 @ 07:06pm     Reply  
  • denamita
    Nov 16 2011 @ 07:05pm     Reply  
  • alex
    Nov 16 2011 @ 07:00pm     Reply  
  • simplyjessica
    It's her right to seek medical treatment abroad. The government will be responsible if something worst happen to her. Where is the pusong P-NOY!?
    Nov 16 2011 @ 06:53pm     Reply  
  • burn1956
    Bakit nagmamadali si gma? napigilan sila dahil hindi pa natanggap ang copy ng TRO, bakit hindi nila maiintindihan yun, syempre babasahin pa yun at didisisyunan ng DOJ ang susunod na hakbang nila..rn
    Nov 16 2011 @ 06:15pm     Reply  
  • lokbu_naspi
    justice? may kaso na bang naisampa? meron na bang nakapagsabing guilty? lahat ng lumalabas sa media are nothing but allegations. wala reng nagsasampa ng kaso. rnrnkaya naglabas ng tro ang sc against WLO ng DOJ is because walang basehan para hindi payagang makaalis ang arroyo. rnrni admire sec. de lima, we came from the same school. sometime lang talaga, when things dont come our way we cry like a baby. pero natanong na ba nten sa sarili nten kung anong nagawa nten to attain wat we want?
    Nov 16 2011 @ 04:10pm     Reply  
  • whatintheworldpnoy
    tawag dun...second opinion....nde lahat ng doctor dito magaling...cyempre may mas magaling sa nasa ibang may latest technology dun...ilagay nyo kaya sarili nyo sa sitwasyon nila...nadadala kasi kayo ng media...kakanood ng TV at pagbabasa ng Biased na diyaryo si erap nga...pinayag ni Arroyo lumabas ng bansa Marcos...pinayagan nya si Aquino....etong si Pinoy...ung Anti-Corruption nya...hanggang previous administration lang...lahat ng attention nasa previous admin...ngayon ba walang anomaly? rnrn----> LIKE!
    Nov 16 2011 @ 03:45pm     Reply  
  • skyflakes
    ...GMA really looks frail and sick, but Pinoys want blood!!!....karma bites back hard.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 03:21pm     Reply  
  • karrotstick
    im behind sec leila de lima. buti pa nga sya she goes the extra mile to do her job and bring justice. rnrnwhen you think about it dahil sa mga appointed ni GMA kaya sya nabigyan ng free pass to go abroad. nasaan ang justice dun kung simula pa lang e bias na yung mga taga SC
    Nov 16 2011 @ 03:02pm     Reply  
  • @urgh
    tawag dun...second opinion....nde lahat ng doctor dito magaling...cyempre may mas magaling sa nasa ibang may latest technology dun...ilagay nyo kaya sarili nyo sa sitwasyon nila...nadadala kasi kayo ng media...kakanood ng TV at pagbabasa ng Biased na diyaryo si erap nga...pinayag ni Arroyo lumabas ng bansa Marcos...pinayagan nya si Aquino....etong si Pinoy...ung Anti-Corruption nya...hanggang previous administration lang...lahat ng attention nasa previous admin...ngayon ba walang anomaly?
    Nov 16 2011 @ 01:43pm     Reply  
  • to all
    use your head not your heart... the TRO is legal.. why? because wala pang kaso na naihahain for Arroyo... kung d ba naman isat kalahati ang mga tauhan ni pnoy... na puro media stunt and atake kay arroyo ed sana hindi ito issue.. sana nag file na sila ng kaso before... at ng mabigyan ng WLO si Arroyo.. sa totoo lang mga kababayan... walang pinagkaiba si Ramona at Arroyo, accused by media with out any legal actions taken...
    Nov 16 2011 @ 12:58pm     Reply  
  • naia
    madame... mag private plane na lang po kayo. ;-)
    Nov 16 2011 @ 11:00am     Reply  
  • urgh
    it's obvious whose against and whose for who.. Arroyo is leaving the country as stated because of her check up in Singapore, apparently, she is already in St. Lukes. Kailangan sila pa umalis pra magpacheck - up lng? The administration's point is we can have the doctor go to us rather than her going out!. And it's so obvious, TRO was given by and voted it's 8-5 ( 8 which was appointed by Arroyo) Wow.. FYI, Arroyo has booked 5 flights to SG yesterday.. Hahaha..
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:45am     Reply  
  • aus
    Mukhang healthy naman pala si MIke Arroyo. D daw pwede umattend sa senate hearing kasi makakakasama sa kalusugan baka mastresss.Kagabi daming tao sa airport siksikan tulakan wala namang nangyari sa kanya.rn
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:30am     Reply  
  • juandelacruz
    nagtatanong lang po: kung ang supreme court ay panay tuta, supreme pa rin ba ito? nakakatawa ang iba, panay "rule of law" ang naibulalas, e bilangin nga natin kung ilang kabalastugan ang nagawa ng pamilyang arroyo at kanilang mga tuta? ganyan naman talaga dito, kapag karaniwang tao, tameme ka na lang; pero, kapag makapangyarihan o may pera, "rule of law" ang dapat daw pairalin
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:30am     Reply  
  • whatintheworldpnoy
    How very vindictive our current president and administration is. Sana pala Marcos was as vindictive as Pnoy against Ninoy. I did not vote for Pnoy but when he won, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and waited to see what good he could do for the country. Still waiting........ All he seems to do is go after GMA. rnrnAnd this De Lima? She's going all out to put herself in the public eye (good or bad press). Already planning for the next election perhaps? Yikes.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:04am     Reply  
  • patlang
    At kung acting prowess lang pag- uusapan, talbog sila Nora at Vilma sa performance ni Arroyo kahapon. Very well played.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 10:01am     Reply  
  • patlang
    Para sa comment ni mike yung, "Ayun na!" ko. May dahilan kung bakit nakapiring si Lady Justice. Walang kinikilingan ang batas at dapat itong ipatupad. Kailangan ni de lima na magbago ng gameplan. Kung sasabak ka sa giyera, dapat handa ka.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:59am     Reply  
  • patlang
    Ayun na!
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:56am     Reply  
  • xqcf
    arroyo is playing the sick role quite pathetically. the right of an individual to travel against the right of a nation for justice are not the the same--the latter has far more weight than the former. enough of this penchant for melodrama, mrs. arroyo.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:56am     Reply  
  • mike
    No matter how much one dislikes Arroyo, the decision of de Lima to ban her from leaving was an OUTRAGEOUS VIOLATION OF A LAWFUL ORDER FROM THE HIGHEST COURT OF THE LAND. De Lima must be cited for contempt of court and she should either resign or be fired. She has potentially put the country on the cusp of a full blown constitutional crisis by ignoring the decision of a co-equal branch. Her patently illegal act yesterday was positively Marcosian. Richly ironic in a P-noy government. If constitutional rights are not upheld and people are not presumed innocent until found guilty you are not living in a are living in a barbaric jungle...rn
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:50am     Reply  
  • patlang
    @popoy-. As much as I admire Ms. de Lima. Sa posisyon niya hindi sapat yung "Go with what you think is right." May batas na dapat sundin. At siya higit sa karamihan ang dapat may alam niyan.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:48am     Reply  
  • gma pweh!
    the arroyos are obviously using the constitution, their supreme court allies and technicality crap to weasel out of being accountable to their offenses to the nation. PNOY and DOJ should step up their filing of cases against her because obviously, the wicked witch is trying to escape!
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:44am     Reply  
  • popoy
    leila de lima, go with what you think is right. you are the best thing that happened to PNoy administration. we're at your back!
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:36am     Reply  
  • gma pweh!
    puro na lang technicality, techinicality. pweh! GMA is obviously trying to excape accountability and using the constitution and her rights to evade answering to her numerous crimes. rnrnOnce GMA steps out of the country, that's it. we will never see her again. pagtatawanan nya lang tayo from another country while enjoying the billions that she stole from us.rnrni-file na kasi and kaso laban ke GMA. DOJ! ano ba! aksyon! tusong unggoy ang kalaban niyo na obvious gagawin ang lahat makatakas lang!
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:35am     Reply  
  • kororo
    Ito na ang pinakamalaking soap opera ng kontemporaryong panahon. And only time or a couple of episodes more will tell kung sino ang tunay na bida at kontrabida, or kung pare-pareho lang sila.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • ms presscon
    napaka bastos ng administrasyong abnoy na ito. kaya nga tinawag na SUPREME COURT kasi SUPREME. kung akala ni de lima mas mataas at makapangyarihan siya sa suprem ecourt e wala nang demokrasya sa pilipinas. de lima nahihibang ka na. wala ka nang ginawa kundi mag pa presscon para sa 2013. e kung nagtrabaho ka lang para isampa yun kaso naka 500 days nakayo dyan wala pa ring kaso. kasalanan niyo yan pinaabot niyo sa drama na ito. dapat payagan na umalis si gloria NOW NA NOW NA.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:19am     Reply  
  • justice
    I hate GMA as much as the next person, but this has just been too st*p*d to realize. Our justice system is so screwy that technicalities of the law cannot work. No matter how evil you think the TRO is, it is still very much legal and should be effective immediately. Justice De Lima has crossed the line of the law when she barred them their right to travel since it has been lifted even if they don't have a copy.rnrnThe integrity of the law is ruined. We have horrible presidents and those who claim justice don't even know the rules of law in their own country... shame...
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:17am     Reply  
  • atm
    ambilis ng mga arroyo ha. karerelease lang ng TRO, same night aalis na sila? obvious namang tumatakas. kapal ng mga mukha niyo. sa totoo lang walang naawa sa inyo kagabi. rnrnGo Leila DeLima! wag ka magpabully sa GMA na yan.
    Nov 16 2011 @ 09:12am     Reply  
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