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Friday, November 18, 2011

Security remained tight at NAIA blocking Arroyo's 2nd attempt to exit country

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Security remained tight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) early Thursday for a possible second attempt by former President, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo to leave the country for medical reasons.

This was despite reports that Arroyo may not push through with her flight on Thursday because she was still not feeling well.

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, the report said that while airport police and security personnel vigorously guarded the departure areas, immigration officials were on alert inside the airport.

On the other hand, reporters were also on the lookout, watching the entrances at the airport's departure area.

The report said possible flights to Singapore include those scheduled at 6:20 a.m., 8:10 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. at NAIA-1; and 6 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. at NAIA-2.

Meanwhile, Arroyo's camp hinted the former leader may forgo her attempt to leave the country for medical treatment Thursday, according to dzBB's Rodil Vega.

The report quoted Arroyo's spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn as saying Arroyo was still fatigued and receiving dextrose as of Wednesday night.

Arroyo spent Wednesday night at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City, which is some 30 minutes away from the NAIA.

Horn said Arroyo's stress and blood pressure levels indicated she may not fit for travel.

She added they would wait for the doctors' advice if she is fit to travel.

However she said that as much as possible, the Arroyo camp will try to push through with the flight as she has an appointment at the Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Thursday.

Arroyo attempted to leave the country last Tuesday night, hours after the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order against the Justice Department's watch-list order on her.

But immigration officials at the NAIA, on orders of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, blocked Arroyo's attempt to leave.

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