Mike Arroyo pleads not guilty in PNP chopper deal case

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Former first Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines–Jose Miguel Arroyo, husband of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, looked relaxed and fit on Tuesday when he appeared at the Sandiganbayan, where he pleaded not guilty to charges he owned the choppers that were sold and passed off as brand new to the Philippine National Police.

Arroyo’s arraignment at the Sandiganbayan second division was among the conditions set by the court, which allowed him to travel to Hong Kong and Japan from Feb. 3-10 this year.

Arroyo is going to Japan to hold a meeting with a group of overseas Filipino workers and go to Hong Kong to attend the corporate planning seminar of LTA Inc., his family’s holding company named after his mother, Lourdes T. Arroyo.

Aside from his arraignment and travel bond, Arroyo also accepted the court’s demands to waive his right to seek determination of probable cause and his right to quash the information that could further delay the case. “I believe that these are the only downside(s),” said Arroyo.

Arroyo was upbeat throughout the entire proceedings as he gamely spoke with reporters covering the event.

“I’m pleased with the court’s decision, it even agreed to lower the travel bond to P90,000,” said Arroyo in an interview shortly after the hearing. “I’m feeling much better now, I’ve suffered no relapse from my heart problem of five years ago. I’m also optimistic …”

The Office of the Ombudsman has charged Arroyo, along with 20 PNP officials led by former Director General Jesus Verzosa, for the purchase of two, secondhand Robinson R44 Raven I helicopters in 2009 through a negotiated contract with Maptra. The case is anchored on the testimony of Archibald Po, owner of Lionair Inc., who claimed that Arroyo was the true owner of the helicopters, including giving Arroyo $700,000 at his family’s LTA Building in Makati City.

Lionair is the exclusive Philippine distributor of Robinson helicopters while Maptra was its designated agent in the PNP auction.

Arroyo expressed optimism that the courts would eventually dismiss all the charges filed against him and his wife, incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was in hospital detention after being charged with plunder for allegedly diverting charity funds of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during her term.

“I think that these cases are turning out to be nothing but persecution against our family and I am confident about our chances,” said Arroyo.

Arroyo noted that in the PCSO case, the prosecutors could not provide evidence that his wife violated any rule when she signed the release of the funds or used the funds for personal gain. He said this was the same dilemma facing the prosecutors in the second-hand helicopters as they have to prove that he did not divest from LTA during the Arroyo administration and that he had something to do with the Maptra’s sale of the helicopters to the PNP.  “Even if assuming that the helicopters were sold by LTA to Maptra, it does not matter to the seller if the   buyer decides to sell them,” said Arroyo.

Arroyo said that while his health has improved, he could not say the same of his wife who continued to suffer from “acute pain in her neck.”

“She’s coping but she is having a difficult time,” said Arroyo.

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  • bagombong

    ano naman ang pagmi-meetingan nila sa mga OFW sa Japan, ganyan ba sya kamahal ng mga OFW sa Japan at ginagastusan pa nila ang pagpunta nya doon o front lang nya para makalabas at ayusin nung yaman nilang nakatago sa abroad.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

      agreeeeeeeeeeee

    • cowboys2

      maraming pera ang Pilipinas sa mga ganyang bagay…..mabuti pa ibigay na lang sa tunay na mahihirap marami pa silang boto sa Mayo….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

      AKO DATING OFW, HINDI KO MAN LANG NAKITA IYANG MIKE NA IYAN. SA TELEVISION AT PICTURE. ANONG GAGAWIN NIYA SA MGA OFW?

  • bogli_anakdami

    wawa naman si santa ate glo… kc naman eh pinupwersa ni porky mickey for a blow job…

    hoy porky, marami ka naman kabits, allah eh, leave flipland “anointed one” alone, di ba?

    …”Arroyo said that while his health has improved, he could not say the same of his wife who continued to suffer from “acute pain in her neck.”
    “She’s coping but she is having a difficult time,” said Arroyo…”

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP5AA42KYHWKAXUESVEUHO3U Arnel

      Bastos nyo naman ganyan ba itinuro sa inyo ng idol mo???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HIRIW4OWEIHTILXO4IPYMKLOHE eric

    wat   a  crooked  man  hope  u die  soon  mothr  fuker

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP5AA42KYHWKAXUESVEUHO3U Arnel

      Bastos nyo naman ganyan ba itinuro sa inyo ng idol mo???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA yahoo-AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA

         kamusta naman ang kabit mo ? masaya naman kayo? ang kapatid nyang adik kasama ninyo na di ba??

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

        SINONG IDOL?? BAKA IDO-LING !! HE HE HE

  • richard ortega

    jail the family of thieves, aquino goverment please dont let this be another marcos like case. jail the porky husband most evil president and first born piglet.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

       pls di hamak na cute at nakakatuwa ang mga piglets..hindi sila baboy…..wag mo silang idugtong sa mga arroyo ……hahahaha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

        HA HA HA, ANO BA SA TAGALOG ANG PIG??? AT ANO NAMAN SA TAGALOG ANG PIGLETS??? HANAP NGA AKO NG TAGALOG ENGLISH DICTIONARY.

  • bongarroyo

    huwag niyong inaapi ang pamilya ng mga arroyo mababait ang mga iyan….sa sobrang bait ng mga iyan ay isa lang ang hiling ng bayan..

    sana kunin na sila ng kukuha sa kanila..LOL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

       sino kukuha/susundo?
      A. si hestas
      B. si hudas
      C. si satanas
      D. all of the above

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

        LETTER D, ALL OF THE ABOVE !!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

         yun din sagot ko kaso til now nagtatalo pa ang a.b.c kung sino dapat. ayaw nila ma upstage kaya ayaw nilang sila lahat. special sundo daw kasi yun.

  • willbillywilly

     It’s so obvious the Arroyo’s cash hoard is hidden in HK which is the reason of he’s constant trip there. Have him followed every step of the way & the gov’t will end up finding their loot.

  • $37644997

    The testimony of Archibald Po alone was a solid and concrete evidence to nail down Arroyo.Mr Arroyo is guilty of the crime.Why is he not in jail?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

      pards, syempre MONEY MONEY MONEY. pag mahirap ang may kaso, pasok kaagad sa kulungan. wawang tayong pinoy.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    GMA is dying and suffering for the sins she has committed. With the tantamount number of people ex-gentleman Arroyo has oppressed I wonder how painful you will suffer. Definitely needs to be much more than what GMA is experiencing.

    • johnvforeighner

      GMA will have a miraculous recovery when she is back in politics and has bought her way out of the corruption charges. She is fitter than either you or me. Take your blinds off.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    mag dialog na naman si mikey: why is it always my father? —- di naman talaga guilty si mike..sino ba sa mga arroyos ang guilty aber? kahit ang ampatuans di rin guilty….ka level sila

  • boybakal

    This gov’t has no proof against Arroyo family.
    All fabricated charges.
    Just like the kid brother of Mike Arroyo, Iggy  who was accused of having billions dollars and pesos and yet nothing has been found even in death.
    Enough of this malicious prosecution.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

       if nakalimutan mo, si iggy mismo ang umako sa lahat ng accounts ni jose pidal…milyones yun so super yaman sya kasama na ang mga dollar accounts… yun pruweba. inamin eh. di ba naging usapan kung pano kukubrahin sa pinas ang pera ni jose pidal/iggy arroyo nung mamatay sya.

    • concern_filipino

       BOYBAKAL, seriously, I felt so sorry for you. Sa kadamihan nang mga ginawang kalokohan nang mga amo mo, you are still one of the few who is out and willing to defend them. Mukhang malaki yata ang nawala mo rin since the Aquino government took over. Kung ako sa iyo, para matapos na ang issue na to, kumbinsihen mo na lang sila to face the trial. At hindi tuwing court date, nagsakit-sakitan ang amo mong si Macapagal-Arroyo. Do I feel sorry for her? No, because she is a fake!!!

  • Jim De Garman

    natural na kampante lang si butsoy mike..kahit habangbuhay na siya’y humarap sa husgado kaya niyang bayaran ang serbisyo ng sinumang abogadong magtatanggol ng kanyang kaso dahil nakaimbak lang sa bahay at mga bangko sa abroad ang perang  kickbacks sa proyekto ng gobyernong rektang ideniposito ng mga contractor niya kuno.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Just imagining him plead “not guilty” just makes me want to throw up

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Shoot to kill Lolong Pig Arroyo.

  • concern_filipino

    Very funny! The hard working OFWs of Japan and HongKong wants any part of this CROOK? For a speaking engagement? How to stole billions and how you can get away with it?

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    P101 billion lost during Fake President  Arroyo rule – COA

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors

    (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200

    Million)

    6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532

    Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings

    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

    12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific)

    (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

    16. NAIA-3

    17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states

    20. EURO GENERAL’S

    21. CALAMITY FUND SCANDAL.

    22. C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’

    Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

    25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

    26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

    27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy

    Ampatuan

    28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties

    from 2002 to May this year.

    29.LACSON ACCUSED FG MIKE ARROYO OF SELLING 3 REFURBISHED

    HELICOPTERS TO PNP AT P105 MILLION EACH

    30. 600,Thousand metric tons of Rotten rice imported from

    India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to

    Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for

    the rice importation.

    31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000,

    70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit

    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy

    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown

    San 
    Francisco.

    32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of

    two franchise bills

    33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in

    advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to

    P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for

    Arroyo’s achievements.

    34. The report said the PIA received from the Department

    of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations

    amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 
    million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

    35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political

    enemies

    36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of

    extra judicial killings of militants

    37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo

    critic, Cory Aquino

    38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of

    Pag-Ibig

    39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park

    Administration.

    40. MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT of an Arroyo,RENATO CORONA, as SC

    Chief Justice

    200+ other illegal midnight appointments

    41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California

    42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like

    Ninoy’s murderers

    43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek

    presidential clearance before testifying in Congress

    hearings

    44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency

    in 2004

    45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and

    PCSO tv campaign ads

    47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as

    COMELEC chair

    48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses

    from Australia worth P384 million.

    49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16

    times, son Mikey 69

    50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

    51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five

    helicopters.

    52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

    53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

    54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

    The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of

    the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian

    revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

    56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from

    PNoy’s social fund

    57. 50 MILLION PABAON GENERALS

    Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya,

    Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and

    Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio

    Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

    58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork.

    59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha

    project—DOST chief 
    60.Fishers push plunder rap vs Arroyo in purchase of ice machines( overpriced at P455 million in 2009.)
    61.$225-million overprice of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), 
    62.Successor sues Pichay over P2.3-B fund mess
    63.Noli De Castro P6.6 billion pesos Pag-ibig Fund scam.
    64.Arroyo execs pocket P15-B from bridge scam

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    TAXPAYER MONEY

    Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters 

    five helicopters—all Robinson R44 Raven 
    with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair 

    GlorIa bribed to Mitsubishop and Safari
     Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who received a Mitsubishi Montero, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Rodolfo Beltran (Nissan Pathfinder), Abra Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian (Mitsubishi Strada), Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace), Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad (Mitsubishi Strada), Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace); and Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado (Isuzu Crosswind).

    Gloria Macapal-Arroyo spent a whopping P2.85 billion for foreign trips she made during her nine years in office.

    Ex Fake President Gloria Arroyo’s $20,000 worth of dinner @ Le Cirque, New York, USA

    2006

    FG in $20, 000 hotel suite!
    During Manny Pacquiao’s match with Erick Morales in Las Vegas, the First Gentleman LOLONG ARROYO allegedly stayed in a $20, 000-a-night suite at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

    sus what kind of travel bond is that 90,000 for a person who can afford to buy helicopter. sino niloko natin sarili natin…palabas lang lahat nanaman ito

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