Thursday, November 10, 2011

Arroyo barred from travel | Inquirer News

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In developing countries, corruption is usually rampant.  The Philippines is no different.  Prior President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, GMA, is currently being investigated along with other members of her administration for election fraud and other financial malfeasance.  Included are her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo and their son, Mikie who is facing tax evasion charges.

Barely one year out of office and newly elected as a Congresswoman to the District of Pampanga, her home area, she has suddenly developed neck/spine problems that have apparently required surgeries at St. Luke's Medical Center known as the best in the Philippines ...
and with a worldwide pedigree.  However, as the heat has continued regarding charges, problems with the surgeries continue to where she now requires the expertise of surgeons in other countries.

The problem with this scenario is that the Philippines has seen this before with politicians and criminals who are under investigation or in jail.  They suddenly develop medical problems so they can get out of jail to more cozy confines of private rooms in hospitals where they have the freedom to basically come and go as they please and conduct their business affairs as if nothing out of the norm was happening.  So with GMA developing a neck/spine problem, the current Aquino administration is looking at this situation with a jaundiced eye and telling themselves "Folks, we've seen this act before!"

Now the Head of the DOJ is prohibiting GMA from leaving the country and her supporting are screaming abridgement of personal rights!  I see.

Well, with the Aquino administration offering to bring into the country any expertise needed to take care of GMA, it seems the priority is to learn from the lessons from the past.  The main lesson of course is "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."

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