via POC breaking news
Justice secretary Leila de Lima said during a press conference that, “In light of this recent development, the issues surrounding the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) from the Supreme Court have become moot and academic. Thus, Mrs. Arroyo is compelled to stay in the country, and face the charges of electoral sabotage filed against her, bringing us closer to uncovering the truth behind the controversies surrounding the 2007 elections.”
She added that President Benigno Aquino III, who is currently in Bali on official business, had told her that Arroyo is to be treated “with the utmost respect and courtesy.”
“For a legal proceeding that has great implications, not just to the integrity of our electoral system, but also to the very principles of our nation’s democracy, it is our desire that truth and accountability prevail, and that the Filipino people are finally given the justice they truly deserve,” De Lima said.
Supreme Court administrator Midas Marquez said during another press conference that the TRO still stands but currently only applies to Arroyo’s husband Mike Arroyo. The former president on the other hand, is effectively barred from leaving the country.
GMA News also reports over Twitter that the Arroyos have cancelled their flight to Singapore which was scheduled for later this afternoon.