MANILA, Philippines - Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez has asked the Aquino administration to respect the high court’s decision allowing the Arroyo couple to leave for abroad.
The high court issued around past 5:00 p.m. the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the watch list order of the Department of Justice against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband, Mike. The requisites for the TRO were immediately complied with.
In an interview with dzMM, Marquez said they understand the actions of Malacañang on the matter, calling it an initial reaction on the part of the executive branch.
Justice Secretary Secretary Leila de Lima ordered airport officials to block the Arroyos from leaving. She said the government has yet to answer the TRO through a motion for reconsideration.
“We expect everyone to respect the decision of the court. The [TRO] has been deliberated upon. Let’s just respect it,” Marquez said.
He said a temporary restraining order, although immediately executory, is just a provisional action. He said the government can always exercise other legal options.
Asked what would happen if airport officials insist on following de Lima's order, Marquez said, “I hope we don’t reach that point.”
Nonetheless, he said those who do not follow the directives of the court may be liable for contempt.
“Let us all remember that the court is there to decide on disputes. [Similarly situated] individuals will also be given the same action from the court,” he said.
Marquez said the public should understand that the issue is not about Arroyo and Aquino and their respective appointees in the high court.
“The high court is basing its decisions on the Constitution,” he said.