Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Hostage to a metabolic bone biopsy
I don't often write about "metabolic bone biopsies" on my blog. However, that's the procedure former Philippine president Arroyo needs, and that's what the Aquino administration Justice Department is seeking to deny her. Or so Arroyo claims. Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima issued a watchlist order against Arroyo to prevent her and her husband from fleeing the country while facing plunder and poll fraud charges. According to PhilStar, Arroyo has challenged the WLO as impairing her constitutional right to travel (Article III, § 1 and 6) and filed suit before the Supreme Court. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules, given the hostility between it and the Aquino administration. Moreover, 12 of the 15 justices are Arroyo appointees, which as I wrote last year became controversial as Arroyo managed to appoint the chief justice. I guess we'll see whether the Philippine Supreme Court provides that political insurance Arroyo had been banking on.