Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo on Thursday was placed under immigration watch list, along with 40 others accused of electoral sabotage in the 2007 elections.

MANILA — Former President Gloria Arroyo will leave the country immediately to seek medical treatment overseas as soon as the Department of Justice (DOJ) allows her, according to her spokesman.

Elena Bautista-Horn confirmed to media that Arroyo has been granted clearance to travel by her doctors.

She said the former president has already submitted the requirements for an allow departure order.

“Yes, we’re waiting for DOJ na lang,” Horn said.

The travel authority granted by the office of House Speaker Sonny Belmonte allows Arroyo to travel from October to December to Singapore, the United States, Spain, Germany and Italy.

She is expected to travel with her husband and two aides.

Arroyo’s camp has maintained she will not use her failing health to escape the cases filed against her for allegations of electoral sabotage and corruption.

Arroyo had three surgeries in August to address a pinched nerve in her cervical spine.

Doctors later discovered the former president is suffering from hypoparathyroidism, which led to bone mineral deficiency that complicated her recovery from the surgeries.

‘Medical abstract’

Meanwhile, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Malacañang intends to wait for the “medical abstract” of Arroyo from a third party “credible” medical expert to determine her condition before she is allowed to seek treatment abroad.

“We have not yet received a professional opinion from St. Luke’s (Medical Center) for instance on what her true condition is. We have heard something from Atty. (Raul) Lambino but we have yet to hear from an expert medical opinion,” he said.

The spokesman acknowledged that a government doctor and St. Luke’s hospital could be among the third parties he was proposing.

Lacierda said the Palace will leave it up to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to decide whether to allow Arroyo to seek medical treatment abroad.

Arroyo, who faces charges of election sabotage, remains on the DOJ watch list until Nov. 5.

“The question, first and foremost, is whether it’s better for her to seek medical attention abroad and that’s the reason why we are going to wait for the medical abstract. From there, it is up to Secretary de Lima,” he added.


-1 #1 L.P. Pelayo 2011-10-29 13:08
Rare ailment for GMA.

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