Bye, bye GMA?
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
One cannot blame all those people, particularly those in the Administration, for being sceptical about the requested travel abroad of the former president and her family.
The insistence on her undergoing treatment abroad comes at a time when so many charges, most of them non-bailable, are being poised against her. While all kinds of probes and investigations and evidence-gathering had been going on in the past year, no charge has been filed, so far, and those handling the cases are fearful that former President Gloria Arroyo and her husband, who is included in some of the charges, may no longer return to the country, and will keep on finding excuses to remain abroad while prosecutors here are fretting and fuming over the untried and even unfiled charges.
The Justice Secretary has pointed out that the itinerary presented by the Arroyos do not seem to be devoted to her medical treatment as it includes at least two speaking engagements, and movements to several countries.
To make matters worse, allegations that the former first family had made arrangements for asylum in the Dominican Republic also floated, and this was given some semblance of credibility with the publication of pictures showing the former president with, first the ambassador of that country, and then another with its president himself.
Their camp has denied this, and the Justice Secretary herself was excoriated by their partisans for taking it seriously and initiating a check on it. Nothing apparently came out of that because both Dominican Republic officials had also denied it, and who will insist?
At this moment, a lot of sympathy is going towards the former president, despite the fact that many continue to dwell on instances when she had not exactly kept her word on issues. However, the humanitarian nature of the Filipino always comes into play, so we should not be surprised if we wake up today to find out that the entire entourage had already flown away.*