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Sandiganbayan approves Mike Arroyo’s Japan, Hong Kong trips

  • The Sandiganbayan has granted the request of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo’s trips to Japan and Hongkong from April 21 to 27, 2018
  • Arroyo is facing graft charges over the alleged irregularities in the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s purchase of two helicopters back in 2009

Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo’s seven-day travel to Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong on the last week of April has been approved by the Sandiganbayan.

The Seventh Division granted the motion for leave to travel abroad of Mike Arroyo from April 21 to 27 in a minute resolution dated March 26.

The Sandiganbayan said Arroyo is allowed to travel “subject to the usual terms and conditions imposed by the court.” Additionally, Arroyo, who already posted a P90,000 travel bond, is required to present himself to the Division Clerk of Court within five days upon his return.

Arroyo earlier moved to be allowed to spend five days in Tokyo and two days in Hong Kong.

He did not state the purpose of his trip.

“This honorable court has, for many times before, permitted him to travel, and he has always returned here as it is here where his family and business interests are, hence, he has no reason not to return. He is, thus, clearly not a flight risk,” the motion read.

Arroyo is facing graft charges over the alleged irregularities in the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s purchase of two helicopters back in 2009.

The Office of the Ombudsman accused Arroyo and 19 others of causing “undue injury” to the government amounting to P34.6 million when the second-hand helicopters were sold to the PNP as brand new.