Philippines offers to fly in docs to check Arroyo

November 9, 2011 - 2:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president is offering to fly in foreign doctors to examine his predecessor, who wants to get medical care abroad but is barred from leaving the country while facing complaints of abuse of office.

President Benigno Aquino III said Wednesday his administration will foot the bill for a bone biopsy in the Philippines for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. His justice secretary turned down Arroyo's request to leave the country to get treatment.

Arroyo says doctors told her she has a bone disease. She says she fell ill while facing complaints of electoral sabotage and plunder stemming from her nine years in office.

No charges have been filed, and Arroyo denies wrongdoing. She has sought to overturn the travel ban at the Supreme Court.