Philippine court allows Arroyo to travel abroad

By the Associated Press | November 15, 2011 | 12:35 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — News reports say the Philippine Supreme Court is allowing former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to travel abroad despite a government decision to bar her from leaving while she is investigated on corruption allegations.

ABS-CBN TV reported that the justices voted 8 to 5 Tuesday to issue a temporary restraining order, allowing Arroyo to travel. She wants to get medical treatment abroad for a bone ailment.

Arroyo denies the corruption complaints against her. President Benigno Aquino III last week refused to lift the travel ban against her, saying she might never return to face justice.