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MANILA, November 9, 2011— A Catholic bishop has called on for a fair Supreme Court (SC) ruling on former President Gloria Arroyo and her husband’s petition seeking temporary orders on the watchlist order against them.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said he hopes that the decision would be made justly by the SC where majority of its members were appointed by Arroyo, now a Pampanga lawmaker.
“We should be fair in our judgment… searching for what is right and the truth,” Pabillo told Manila archdiocese-run Radyo Veritas.
The prelate said that all the possible angles should be studied carefully to ensure that the best judicial judgment will be rendered.
“This is a serious issue that should be viewed from the political, from the judiciary and from the medical points of view,” he said.
Last Tuesday, Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, questioned before the SC the Department of Justice’s order preventing them leaving the country.
The couple was also placed under the watch list order in connection with three plunder and election sabotage charges filed against them.
Representative Arroyo earlier said she needs to travel abroad to get treatment for cervical spondylosis and hypoparathyroidism.
But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima rejected the couple’s request for an allow departure order (ADO), saying there is no compelling reason for them to leave the country.
Twelve of the 15 justices in the SC, including Chief Justice Renato Corona, were all Arroyo appointees during her term as president. [CBCPNews]