|Negros Oriental Rep. Iggy Arroyo in an interview in London
LONDON, England - Even before he can be reprimanded for his extended stay abroad, Negros Oriental Rep. Iggy Arroyo already has a prepared response.
He has secured a letter from his doctor addressed to House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, explaining why he can't go home until January.
"Not only for that but also to prove to everyone that I'm not staying here at nagkukuro-kuro lang ako pero sinasabi ko ang katotohanan na babalik ako sa Pilipinas pag magaling na ako," Arroyo said.
The letter, signed by Professor Roger Williams, a consultant hepatologist of The London Clinic, says Mr. Arroyo "has to stay in the UK for longer than anticipated."
"It is unlikely that he would be ready to return to the Philippines until early in the New Year. I could reassure you that he is responding well to treatment but the treatment does require him to be under regular medical supervision here at The London Clinic," Williams says in the letter.
Arroyo said that like other members of his family, he has no plans of running away from any future investigation involving him.
He said he isn't concerned that his name has been linked to the alleged anomalous purchase of police helicopters.
Despite being ill, he minced no words when it came to the subject of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
"She is a puppet. Who does she get her order from? Alam na ang mga Pilipino yan," Arroyo said.
He asked President Benigno Aquino III to show compassion to his sister-in-law, former President Gloria Arroyo.
"She was a very compassionate president. Pinatawad niya si Erap. Let her get well and then let her face her charges. She deserves better care. Pag may nangyari sa kanya, magkaka-gulo gulo," he said. "Di ba ang Veterans [hospital] pang sundalo?"
Arroyo said he is often fatigued, but doesn't want to go into details about his illness.
The doctor's letter to Belmonte does not explain Arroyo's illness either.
What Arroyo is sure of is that he no longer wants to go back to politics once his term ends. - ANC