Because of this, DC 41 said, these Supreme Court circulars left a gap because they were “silent with respect to cases falling within the jurisdiction of courts below the RTC as well as those pending determination by government prosecution offices.”
It is the last clause, which I posted in red, which De Lima is using to bar the Arroyo couple from traveling – because they have five complaints filed against them “pending determination by government prosecution offices.”
So check out the bunch of commentors over there at that blog exchanging high fives over what they perceive to be the irony of a GMA-era circular now being used against the former President.
The real irony here that is lost on these folk lies in their not considering that for all the whole vindictiveness that the government of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III exhibits over anything and everything related to Arroyo, they end up actually celebrating the use of some of the work GMA left behind for their own quaint purposes.
Of course the real point of it all remains. It is really more around the whole question that has been raised even by Arroyo's most virulent critics: Why to this day have no charges have been filed in court against GMA by De Lima's mob (and, by command responsibility, President Aquino himself)?
All this just highlights the desperation that is evident in the Second Aquino Administration having to resort to using a legal artefact that is a direct legacy of the administration they ironically demonise.
Pinoy nga naman talaga
Matangkad lang kapag naka-tayo.
Keep on trying, guys.