Maria Elena Horn, spokesperson of ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says they booked two flights to Singapore for today. This is in anticipation to the scheduled oral hearing set today by the Supreme Court. Note that this hearing is in relation to the submitted motion of the Arroyo camp questioning the validity of the watch list order of the Department of Justice. This is still not about the appeal of the DOJ and the Solicitor General on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court last Tuesday.
Even without a final decision from the SC, the Arroyo camp wants nothing more than leave the country---again in haste. The Executive Department thru the DOJ has, time and again, admonished the Arroyo camp on leaving, but it seems that the Arroyo camp wants to further heighten tensions and directly challenge the Executive.
Why is the Arroyo camp so determined to leave as if there is something of a schedule or deadline they need to accomplish abroad? Not that the former president is dying which, according to her doctors, she is not. She is feeling better by the day, her blood pressure of course fluctuates because of her own doing. Gloria Arroyo and her minions want to push the envelope and further create a wedge between the elite ranks and for what?
If Arroyo thinks that a segment of the military will move against the established order, think again. No one is so foolish to sacrifice one's career for a pseudo-leader and presumptive dictator. No one will move against this government because for one, the people are solidly behind NOynoy and two, the elites are unified and are satisfied with him. An extra-constitutional move on the part of the Arroyos will surely fail.