Malacanang welcomed the decision of doctors of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appear before the Supreme Court (SC) to testify on the condition of their patient saying their testimonies will determine whether or not her illness is life-threatening, a Palace official said on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday in response to the news reports that the doctors of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo are willing to appear before the SC to give their testimonies.
“We welcome that. We also would like to hear from them. Like we said, the doctors themselves will be in the position to determine the actual medical condition of the former President,” Lacierda said.
According to the news reports, Marilen Lagniton, vice president of St. Luke’s Medical Center’s corporate affairs department, said they will appear before the High Tribunal if they are called to testify on the medical condition of their patient.
In a motion filed before the SC, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) requested that the doctors of Arroyo be summoned to settle doubts on her medical condition. The SC has yet to rule on the motion filed by Solicitor General Anselmo Cadiz to summon Arroyo’s doctors.
“First and foremost, we want to settle the issue if there was an emergency medical condition? Was the illness of former President Arroyo a life-threatening one? And is it true that the doctors of St. Luke’s, in particular, and the doctors in the Philippines in general cannot treat former President Arroyo,?” Lacierda said.
Lacierda said the camp of Arroyo insisted that she needs to seek medical treatment abroad since her illness is life-threatening. However, Lacierda noted that the government maintains its position that Arroyo is not suffering from a life-threatening condition based on her medical certificate.