DOJ maintains PHL local law prevails over ex-President Arroyo’s case

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Oct. 8 (PNA) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday maintained that the local law in the Philippines will prevail over the case of former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

This was the stance made by DOJ Secretary Leila M. De Lima in response to the report that the United Nations (UN) already has a resolution on the petition filed by Amal Clooney, an international lawyer based in London, England, in connection with the continued “hospital arrest” of the former president at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), Quezon City.

According to De Lima, she has not yet read the report of the UN stating that the continued detention of Mrs. Arroyo violates the international law.

De Lima said that the UN should understand what the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides and the Rules of Court of the country.

Nevertheless, De Lima admitted that under the “doctrine of incorporation”, the international law becomes part of the law of the land which is existing in the country. (PNA)