President Aquino is right. He speaks for many Filipinos who are concerned over the possibility that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may not return after seeking medical treatment abroad. Seeking closure on the issue of cheating in the 2004 elections is a national interest. To lose the opportunity for the state to exercise justice would be a national tragedy.
There are quarters that question the soundness of DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima's
decision to deny GMA's request to travel. It is ironic that MC 41 was the same
used against GMA detractors. At the time, her allies were fully convinced of
its legal basis, but they now find MC 41 unconstitutional when applied to GMA
and her family.
That legal matter aside, the Black and White Movement believes that the concern
for GMA's return to good health is also a matter of national interest. The
offer of the President to assist in getting Mrs. Arroyo the excellent medical
care she deserves by flying in a specialist in hypoparathyroidism is evidence
of compassion. In truth, do we all not share this hope - that her welfare be
seen to so she will be well enough to refute all claims against her?
Now, the Arroyos have made this a matter for the Supreme Court to decide.
Should they stay or should they go? By your leave, your Honors, the ball is in