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Let Arroyo go abroad, say bishops

After government officially turns down request for ex-president to leave the country

Let Arroyo go abroad, say bishops
Arroyo wearing a brace reporters, Manila

November 9, 2011

Church leaders today warned of political instability if the government continues to bar former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from seeking medical treatment abroad. Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz today warned the Aquino administration of chaos should anything happen to the former president. The government “should let her go because if something happened to her, all hell will break loose. Even if she flees, her sickness is already her punishment. It’s justice enough,” Cruz said. Justice secretary Leila de Lima yesterday officially turned down a request for the ex-president to leave the country. Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran agreed with Cruz. “Everybody as a right to health [care]. If something bad happened to the former president it will boomerang on the present administration,” he said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) urged the supreme court to study the issue carefully and rule accordingly. Arroyo, 66, is suffering from arthritis in her neck and has already had surgery three times.

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