The ban is justified

THE government is justified when it refused a request by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to seek medical treatment abroad.

According to a lot of Filipino doctors, including Dr. Enrique Ona, the government’s health secretary; Arroyo’s medical condition is not life threatening. They also noted that there are numerous Filipino doctors with enough expertise who could treat her here hence there is no need for her to fly out of the country.

“There is no compelling or immediate necessity (for Arroyo) to seek treatment abroad,” Ona concurred.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the itinerary submitted by Arroyo to her entails a lot of side trips indicating that she is not really in serious condition.

She noted the “varying changes” in the list of countries that Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, intended to visit.

According to De Lima, in the letter Arroyo sent to the Department of Justice on November 2, there was “no indication” that the former President had finalized her itinerary abroad which her camp listed as “medical consultations” in Singapore, Germany and Spain.

In her three previous letters to De Lima, Arroyo said she was planning to seek treatment in the United States, Singapore, Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

“If her condition is that bad, why go to several destinations? That ambivalence on their part with respect to the specifications of countries of destination casts certain doubts,” De Lima said.

De Lima also expressed concern that a number of countries Arroyo listed had no extradition treaty with the Philippines. (That is really troubling).

Lest it be forgotten, there are a lot of instances in the past when Arroyo was not forthcoming.

Remember she said she will not run for the presidency because she realized she was the cause of the country’s division only to change her mind and run for the presidency during the 2004 presidential elections?

Have you forgotten how she vigorously denied talking with Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano which became the controversial “Hello, Garci” recording immediately after the 2004 elections only to say sorry later?

So how can we be sure that she won’t change her mind this time? She could easily decide to stay away from the country until the “heat blows over.”

Her guarantee that she will return upon the completion of her medical treatment does not have any worth or does it?. What do you think?


President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is wrong to volunteer to fly in medical experts to look into Arroyo’s condition on government’s expense.

The people have no objection for Arroyo to receive the best medical treatment possible but she should spend her own money.


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