MANILA - Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is off to Taipei, Taiwan from February 2 to 6, 2017, as his motion to travel was granted by the Sandiganbayan 7th Division.
The anti-graft court told Arroyo that his travel shall only cover Taipei, he shall not leave earlier than February 2, 2018 and should be back in the Philippines not later than February 6.
The court also gave Arroyo the other usual conditions for accused individuals traveling abroad: he should present himself in person to the court within 5 days after his return and he should post a travel bond, in his case amounting to P90,000, which he has already paid for in his past travels.
The court granted the motion of Arroyo despite the objection of the prosecution which said that his trip is not necessary. Arroyo did not specify in his motion the purpose of his trip.
Arroyo is facing trial at the Sandiganbayan, along with former police officials led by former Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa, for multiple graft charges.
The graft charges stemmed from the purchase of the Philippine National Police of second-hand choppers passing off as new ones from Arroyo in 2009.