Thursday, November 10, 2011

Aquino offers to fly in medical specialists for ex-President Arroyo

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino on Wednesday offered to fly in medical specialists to look into the condition of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as he agreed with the decision of the Justice department to deny her request to go abroad to seek treatment for her spine problem.
In a nationwide broadcast, Aquino made it clear that his administration was after justice, pointing out that Arroyo was after all facing many cases, including her alleged role in the sabotage of the 2007 elections.

The Chief Executive said that his administration wanted Arroyo to get well but she can very well be examined here by doctors.

“That is why in recognizing the right of Ms. Arroyo to personally choose specialists that would treat her, we can get to come here specialists or doctors anywhere in the world to conduct her medical examination,” he said.
“If necessary, we are prepared to answer the financial costs of treating Ms. Arroyo,” Aquino said.

Aquino said his government was prepared to do this to ensure that anyone accused of a crime would face the court and that justice would prevail in the country.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday denied the request of Arroyo for an allow-departure order based on the assessment of Health Secretary Enrique Ona that “there is no compelling or immediate necessity to seek treatment abroad.”

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