Quantcast

Mike Arroyo asks court anew for travel permit

By |


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

MANILA, Philippines—Former first gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo has once again asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel abroad, this time to Japan and Hong Kong, to accompany his grandchildren on their semestral vacation.

Arroyo stands accused in the antigraft court’s Second Division of alleged involvement in the anomalous sale of two used helicopters to the police force during the presidency of his wife, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is herself charged with graft involving other cases.

In his motion, Arroyo said he wanted to travel to Japan and Hong Kong from Oct. 23 to 30 during his grandchildren’s semestral break as this would be an opportunity to bond with them.

Arroyo’s lawyer, Ferdie Topacio, said he was not a flight risk and that he always returned to the country on the previous occasions that the court permitted him to travel abroad.

Arroyo’s family and business interests are here, Topacio said, adding that the former first gentleman had no reason not to return.

His client also promised to submit himself to the court’s jurisdiction and to submit to other conditions that the court might impose as additional guarantees for his return, Topacio said.

Aside from the helicopter deal where the choppers were passed off as brand-new, Arroyo also faces graft charges in the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division for his alleged involvement in the $329-million dollar NBN-ZTE broadband deal.

His coaccused in the scrapped broadband deal are his wife, former Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos and former Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza.


Follow Us


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: court , Mike Arroyo , Philippines , Sandiganbayan , travel permit




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement
Marketplace
Advertisement