Clinton: US would consider Arroyo's treatment bid

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2011 2:39 AM
Clinton: US would consider Arroyo's treatment bid

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has not requested to go to the United States while being investigated for corruption.

Arroyo was blocked Tuesday from boarding a plane at the Manila airport to seek medical treatment abroad because authorities fear she may not return to face the charges.

Answering a question at a town hall meeting with Filipinos during her visit to Manila, Clinton said Wednesday that if Arroyo made a request to go to the U.S., "we would look at that."

Clinton said any assistance to Arroyo would depend on the request she made.

Arroyo has had a close relationship with the Clintons, being a classmate of former President Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.