Sandiganbayan allows Arroyo travel to Europe

Published August 20, 2018, 4:09 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Czarina Nicole Ong

The Sandiganbayan Seventh Division has approved the motion for leave to travel abroad filed by former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, who plans to visit different parts of Europe from September 12 to October 2, 2018.

MB FILE—Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is seen at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division, July 2, 2014, as he attends a hearing on graft charges lodged against him in connection with the allegedly anomalous purchase of helicopters in 2009. Arroyo was charged before the anti-graft court over the supposed anomaly where secondhand choppers were sold as brand new to the Philippine National Police. He pleaded not guilty. (Mark Balmores) MANILA BULLETIN
Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is seen at the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

The husband of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, currently the country’s Speaker of the House, revealed in his travel motion that he will go to Madrid, Spain; San Sebastian, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; and Vienna, Austria.

He will be in Madrid from September 13 to 17, and he will stay at the Emperador Hotel in Calle Gran Via. His next stop will be in San Sebastian from September 19 to 20, and he will be billeted at Hotel Londres in Zubieta Kalea.

Arroyo will proceed to Lisbon on September 20 to 22, where he will stay at the Holiday Inn Express-Schiphol. From September 22 to 28, he will be in Munich and stay at the Holiday Inn Munich City Center. His last stop will be in Vienna, and he will reside in Hotel Bristol Vienna.

He will start traveling back to the country on October 1, and his flight from Munich will arrive in Manila on October 2.

The anti-graft court said yes to his travel motion during Monday’s hearing, provided that he guarantee his faithful compliance with the court’s terms and conditions.

Arroyo is facing graft charges in connection with the alleged anomalous purchase of overpriced helicopters by the Philippine National Police (PNP) back in 2009.