Former first gentleman Mike Arroyo asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel to Japan from October 25 to 30 and in Hong Kong from October 30 to November 2 despite him facing charges.
In his petition before the anti-graft court, Arroyo argued that he is not a flight risk because his wife, former President Gloria Arroyo, is under hospital detention in the country over the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds mess.
“This Honorable court as well as other courts have graciously permitted him to travel before, and he has always returned here as it is here where his family and business interests are. His wife is likewise here, hence, he has no reason not to return. He is, thus, clearly not a flight risk,” Arroyo’s motion read.
He said he will return on November 2.