GMA to exhaust all legal means to get travel OK

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 28 2011 01:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2011 02:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday said it will exhaust all legal means to get permission for Arroyo to travel overseas so she could seek medical treatment.

Arroyo spokesman Raul Lambino said their next step will depend on the decision of the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Arroyo's application for allow departure order so she may seek treatment abroad.

"We are going to keep our options open. Our action will depend on the decision of DOJ. We still believe there is impartial justice in our system of government and we will exhaust all legal and justifiable remedies in order to protect the constitutional right of Mrs. Arroyo," he told ANC's "Dateline Philippines."

Lambino said all pertinent documents needed by the DOJ to allow Arroyo's overseas travel have been submitted. He said he is also aware that Mrs. Arroyo wrote a letter to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima promising that she would return to the country to face all charges against her.

The spokesman said even administration allies such as Sen. Francis Escudero and Sen. Franklin Drilon have pointed out that the DOJ's power to issue watchlist orders is unconstitutional since it usurps the power of the judiciary.

Lambino said he does not know if there are medical experts in the Philippines that can treat Arroyo who is suffering from hypoparathyroidism and a rare bone mineral disorder. He said the former President only wants to get the best medical treatment available.