QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima is asking the help of newly-elected House Speaker (and former President) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to obtain a travel permit to seek medical check-up abroad.
The request came in the form of a text message which De Lima sent to Arroyo just minutes after the latter was elected new Speaker of the House of Representives.
“Let bygones be bygones,” De Lima told Arroyo in her text, referring to that time when the then Justice Secretary refused to grant the former President a permit to travel abroad to seek medical treatment. This, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court to allow Mrs. Arroyo to travel abroad.
”I appeal to your sense of compassion to a fellow woman. Babae ako,” De Lima said, “and I am confident that you will act favorably on my request.”
The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Arroyo at her La Vista residence for comment, but we couldn’t connect with her.
We’ll keep on trying.