DOJ Denies Gloria Arroyo's Request To Seek Medical Treatment Abroad

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, denied former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's request for an Allow Departure Order (ADO).

Leila De LimaDuring a televised press briefing, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima announced that she has rejected Arroyo's travel request to seek medical treatment abroad saying it lacked merit and she was unconvinced of her justification.

De Lima said her decision in the negative is supported by President Benigno Aquino III whom she met in MalacaƱang earlier.

She also reiterated that it is within her powers as Justice Secretary to issue a Watch List Order (WLO) against Arroyo and that the existing regulation on the watch list “enjoys the presumption of legality.”

The former president, now Pampanga representative, was diagnosed of cervical spondylosis or cervical radiculopathy earlier this year. She underwent a spine surgery on June 29, 2011 and two more surgeries in August 2011 which aggravated her hypoparathyroidism, a decreased function of the parathyroid glands as evidenced by decreased levels of parathyroid hormone.

Here the Department of Justice Order on the Allow Departure Order request of Representative Arroyo, issued on November 8, 2011: