Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS -

On Nov. 15, 2011, then Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III’s ad­min­is­tra­tion stopped for­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo and her hus­band, Jose Miguel “Mike” Ar­royo, from board­ing a Hong Kong-bound plane and leav­ing the coun­try, de­spite a Supreme Court or­der al­low­ing her to seek med­i­cal treat­ment abroad.

Vot­ing 8-5 on the same day, the high court is­sued a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der (TRO) on the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s move to put Ar­royo on its watch list.

Asked if the de­ci­sion of the Bu­reau of Im­mi­gra­tion to stop the Ar­royos from leav­ing de­spite a high court or­der giv­ing them the green light amounted to a con­temp­tu­ous act, then Supreme Court spokesper­son Jose Midas Mar­quez said: “Yes, it is, but we still have to look at the facts.”

Mar­quez warned then Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Leila de Lima and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Nov. 14, 2011, that they “might be held for con­tempt” if they in­sisted on pre­vent­ing the Ar­royos from leav­ing in de­fi­ance of the court’s re­strain­ing or­der.

“As we have seen in the past, once the TRO is re­leased, it takes ef­fect im­me­di­ately. We­have to un­der­stand that TROs are just a pro­vi­sional rem­edy for the time be­ing,” Mar­quez told the In­quirer.

In a news con­fer­ence on Nov. 15, 2011, De Lima said: “In the event the Ar­royos ap­pear at the air­port and other ports of exit be­tween now and up to the res­o­lu­tion of our mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion, [au­thor­i­ties] need to bar them from leav­ing. The TRO is be­ing stayed or de­ferred un­til the res­o­lu­tion of [our] mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion.”

STOPPED AT AIR­PORT For­mer Pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­galAr­royo is pre­vented from leav­ing the Philip­pines on Nov. 15, 2011.

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