Arroyo seeks permission to travel abroad

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2016 01:25 PM

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

MANILA - After four years in detention, former president and Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is now planning to travel abroad.

Arroyo was released from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center on July 21, 2016, after the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss her plunder case over the allegedly anomalous use of the confidential/intelligence funds transferred to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office when she was president.

On August 9, Arroyo filed a motion asking the Sandiganbayan 4th Division to allow her to travel abroad.

The Sandiganbayan has a standing hold departure against Arroyo since 2012 because of her pending graft charges over the allegedly anomalous NBN-ZTE deal. She would need the anti-graft court's permission before making trips outside the country.

Arroyo plans to visit three countries in the coming months.

Arroyo plans to go to Germany from September 20 to 29, 2016 to consult medical experts on her condition and health.

She will then fly to France from September 29, 2016 and stay until October 2, 2016 for a vacation.

She also plans to visit Filipino communities in Europe.

Arroyo will also attend a family reunion and spend time with her family in Hong Kong from October 29 to November 4, 2016.

Arroyo ensured Sandiganbayan that "she has every intention of returning to the Philippines to face the remaining charges against her and to clear her name."

"President Arroyo is willing and ready to comply with such conditions as the Honorable Court may deem necessary to impose on her travel abroad in order to guarantee her return to the Philippines, including the posting of bond in an amount deemed sufficient by the Honorable Court," Arroyo's motion read.

Former first gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, also an accused in Mrs. Arroyo's graft case, is also seeking the Sandiganbayan's permission to accompany his wife.