[In the Web] Gloria Arroyo stopped a woman, with an illness and a case just like hers, from leaving the country for four year


It’s a photo meant to tug at your heart-strings – former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looking blank, her head trapped in a “halo vest. Photo from http://raissarobles.com

“Watchlist Orders” have been in use for 39 years, Arroyo’s ex-Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez says  –  My exclusive

By Raïssa Robles

A piece of paper called the “Watchlist Order” is all that’s keeping ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband from traveling overseas. They have asked the Supreme Court to scrap Watchlist Orders altogether because these violate their constitutional right to travel. They pointed out that no case has been filed yet in court against them.

But their motion has angered Yogie Martirizar, who has been prevented from traveling abroad for the last four years by a similar Watchlist Order imposed on her by the government of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Her requests to scrap the Watchlist Order were repeatedly turned down by the Arroyo government, Martirizar’s lawyer Nena Santos told me in an interview.

Martirizar’s case is particularly interesting because she suffers from a similar endocrine disorder as Mrs Arroyo. Santos said:

Martirizar suffers almost the same calcium deficiency absorption sickness as that of GMA. She has doctors in the Philippines that treat her for the same sickness as Arroyo.

Like the Arroyo couple, Matirizar is also charged with electoral sabotage.  And like them, her case is still also under preliminary investigation and has not reached the court.

Her lawyer Santos said:

“When they were not affected, it was okay for them to affect ordinary citizens like my client with the Watchlist Order and let her suffer. Now, it’s karma. They want it removed.

Arroyo should be treated same as Martirizar, pursuant to Justice Secretary Alberto Agra’s Watchlist Order. Martirizar was not allowed by immigration to travel; GMA should likewise be treated the same with her own administration department order that curtailed Martirizar’s right to travel.”

The Supreme Court will meet Tuesday on Arroyo’s plea. Santos said she might intervene because an SC ruling in Arroyo’s favor would prejudice her client:

“I want to tell the Supreme Court that before, when my client was prejudiced (by the Watchlist Order), they did not complain. Now that they are affected they want it declared illegal and unconstitutional. Are they admitting now – that even before – they knew it was unconstitutional and illegal and yet they used it against my client?”

Santos said they had never questioned the Watchlist Order because:

“When a government agency issues an order, there is a presumption of regularity and validity.”

Santos estimated that several thousand Filipinos have been similarly affected by Watchlist Orders imposed during Arroyo’s nine-year presidency.

 

Please read the whole article at http://raissarobles.com/2011/11/12/gloria-arroyo-stopped-a-woman-with-an-illness-and-a-case-just-like-hers-from-leaving-the-country-for-four-years/

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23 thoughts on “[In the Web] Gloria Arroyo stopped a woman, with an illness and a case just like hers, from leaving the country for four year

  1. Patricia November 17, 2011 / 7:38 am

    For humanitarian reasons why not allow her to travel to seek for medical treatment abroad. If she has done all the alegeations raised against her person. Then let the One most high judge her.

  2. victor November 18, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    Patricia,

    The risk of Arroyo and Family seeking asylum in a non-extradition country to avoid facing criminal charges against them outweighs all consideration on the basic of humanitarian reasons.

    Her medical condition is all staged. Condition is not life threatening, else she will not risk travelling to multiply countries. A sick man should rest, not travel, and especially not globe-trotting the world. They are rich to afford all the medical care needed in the Philippines,

    Moreover, the state of the Philippines have offered to fly in all the doctors free-of-charge that Arroyo “intends” to engage. But, this was rejected outright.

    Her act of taking flight at the very first opportunity is a sign of guilt.

    It is their karma… bad karma. It is now payback time for all the ills and evils that she and family have had done over the past several years in her illegal and stolen presidency.

    Remember this … Up there, GOD have eyes and ears, and GOD have now decided Enough is Enough. Accountability rules. Her High Court Justices will face similar faith in time to come.

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