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Arroyo camp assails watchlist order

Manila, Philippines – The Arroyo camp has assailed the Department of Justice (DoJ) directive reinstating the watchlist order (WLO) against former First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel “Mike“ T. Arroyo, which had previously been withdrawn before the Supreme Court (SC) could rule on its constitutionality.

Lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel and spokesman for Mr. Arroyo, noted that the re-issuance of the WLO was made by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a few weeks after almost declaring a no-contest to the SC petition sought by Mr. Arroyo against the legality of the directive.

Topacio said the latest edict not only smacks human decency but is in itself, most cruel and inhuman. According to him, the DoJ’s latest act is just reflective of the Aquino administration which is notorious for its lack of compassion and human decency. (Ben R. Rosario)