Sandiganbayan OKs Mike Arroyo's travel

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2012 11:40 AM | Updated as of Jun 14 2012 02:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - The Sandiganbayan 4th Division has granted former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo's request for a travel permit.

Nica Escartin, staff of the clerk of court, confirmed this to ABS-CBN News in a phone call.

The court subjected Arroyo to the usual condition for a travel permit, which includes a bond of P90,000, submission of his bookings and tickets upon return and personal appearance before the court within 5 days of his return.

Arroyo's travel permit is from June 16 to 24.

The permit was granted this morning.

Arroyo sought a travel permit to visit Tokyo and Hong Kong. Arroyo's trip to Hong Kong is upon the invitation of the local Filipino community.

Arroyo will also attend to some business in Hong Kong on behalf of family-owned LTA, Inc.

This is the 2nd time Arroyo will be travelling overseas since being charged before the anti-graft court for the NBN-ZTE deal.

Mike posts bail for chopper scam

Meantime, Mr. Arroyo has posted bail for his 2nd case before the Sandiganbayan.

Sandiganbayan 2nd Division staff Dennis Macaran said Arroyo personally showed up at the 2nd division early Wednesday to post his P30,000 bail for his graft charge.

Last week, the charge was raffled off to the 2nd division, composed of Justices Teresita Diaz Baldoz, Napoleon Inoturan and Oscar Herrera, Jr.

The charge is in connection with the allegedly anomalous sale of 2nd-hand choppers to the Philippine National Police (PNP) by Arroyo’s LTA Inc.

Arroyo is so far the most prominent of those accused to post bail.

Earlier in the week, policemen also charged in the case also posted bail.

Former PNP chief Jesus Verzosa has yet to post bail.

Previously, Arroyo was also charged before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the NBN-ZTE deal. He is a co-accused in that case with his wife, former President Gloria  Macapagal Arroyo.