Mike Arroyo wants to go to Japan, HK for 'sem break'
MANILA - Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel to Japan and Hong Kong from October 23 to November 4, 2013.
In his motion for leave to travel, which Arroyo filed together with counsel, he stated that he would like to bring his grandchildren to Japan and Hong Kong "on those dates to give them an enjoyable and fun-filled semestral break."
The motion adds, "like any loving grandfather, Jose Miguel desires to take this rare opportunity to bond with his grandchildren privately."
Arroyo also gives detailed itinerary of his travel to the court, including the hotels where he and his grandchildren will be staying.
At the same time, Arroyo said he is not a flight risk adding that he always returned to the jurisdiction of the court whenever he was granted permission to travel. He also promises to "comply with any reasonable conditions the court might impose as conditional guaranties of his return" to the country.
Arroyo is barred from leaving the country without court permission because he has a pending graft case before the Fourth Division of the Sandiganbayan involving the $329 million National Broadband Network project and China-based ZTE Corporation.