Saturday, 12 November 2011 11:42
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might be able to escape prosecution for election sabotage and a slew of plunder charges with the help of the “Arroyo Court” led by her loyal friend, Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Corona, who is in San Francisco visiting a family member, is cutting short his vacation to be home in time for the Supreme Court to hear Gloria and husband Mike’s petitions to nullify Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s watch list ordr.
With the 15-member Supreme Court stacked with 12 Arroyo appointees, nine of who are perceived to be rabidly loyal to her, it is expected that the high court would issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and allow the Arroyos to leave the country… immediately!
Recently, De Lima confirmed that she received information that Gloria was allegedly planning to seek political asylum in another country, one of which is the Dominican Republic where an investment of $10 million to $30 million would buy a “permanent resident” status.
The Department of Justice is also verifying published reports that the Dominican Republic has already granted Gloria “asylum papers.” According to the news reports, Dominican Republic Ambassador to India Hans Dannenberg personally delivered the documents to her last October 25, 2011.
It is interesting to note that last May, Gloria traveled to the Dominican Republic where she was honored by President Leonel Fernandez with the Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella in the Grade of Grand Cross Gold Plaque, for “helping strengthen ties between the Philippines and Latin America.” However, there were no details on what Gloria exactly did to strengthen ties between the Philippines and Latin America. Besides, who gave Fernandez the authority to speak on behalf of the whole Latin America? But, of course, a $30-million investment could be considered a big help in strengthening ties, whatever that means.
To date, there are 1,759 persons who have pending applications for asylum or refugee status in the Dominican Republic, which is considered a haven for exiled dictators. It is not surprising then that Gloria finds the country ideal for her and her family. And the most important factor in choosing that country is that it doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the Philippines.
In my article, “ ‘The Great Escape,’ starring Gloria Arroyo” (October 19, 2011), I wrote: “Recently, a friend of mine, Ernie D. of Southern California, sent me an email in response to my recent article, “Would Gloria come back?” Ernie said: “A doctor in Southern California, who is close to this ‘fake’ president told me over lunch, that your theory hits the nail on its head. Her medical condition, according to him, is a good ‘façade’… she is not really that sick. A month or so, before her ‘hospitalization,’ my doctor friend told me that he was with her and Governor Pineda (the wife of the reputed jueteng king Boy Pineda) with another couple shopping in Orange County’s opulent South Coast Plaza.
“My doctor friend told me that she would most likely seek asylum in a friendly country to enjoy their great wealth. ‘If none among the Marcoses has been incarcerated to this date, what makes us think that NOW the Arroyos will be incarcerated or convicted,’ the doctor opined! And he might be right after all!”
Evidently, Gloria already has a plan on how to escape prosecution in the Philippines. So far, the plan is working as scripted. And the final episode is about to happen in the Supreme Court’s sanctum sanctorum, where her loyal appointees would – in a final tribute to her – open the gates to freedom for her. But does that mean she’d really be free?
In my article, “Karmic whammy hits Gloria” (May 5, 2011), I wrote: “At the end of the day, Gloria might find a way to wiggle out of her predicament or escape from the law. But one thing for sure, she can’t escape from the Law of Karma. As someone once said, “Nothing escapes the Law of Karma. You get from the world what you give to the world.” And what has Gloria given to the world that she deserves to be given back?”
Indeed, what goes around comes around.
By Perry Diaz
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