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Arroyo stopped from going overseas

(Shanghai Daily)

09:33, November 16, 2011

Former Philippine president and current member of Congress Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) is assisted by her aides as they leave the airport in Manila yesterday. The government blocked Arroyo and her husband from leaving the country.(Shanghai Daily Photo)

THE Philippine government blocked former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband from leaving the country yesterday and said it will appeal a Supreme Court order that allowed them to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Accompanied by her husband and son, Arroyo arrived at Manila airport in an ambulance and was wheeled into a departure hall wearing a face mask and a neck brace.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the former first couple, being investigated for alleged corruption and electoral cheating, would be treated with dignity but "we will be firm in our decision not to allow them to leave the country."

"This is all high drama. They want the public to sympathize with them," he said.

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