Arroyo ‘brother to the rescue’ comes home at last

The late Negros Occidental Rep Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo's remains arrive in the Philippines a little over a month after his death

MANILA, Philippines – Negros Occidental Rep Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo’s original plan upon returning to Manila was to file criminal charges against the person who dragged his elder brother, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, into the so-called chopper scandal.

“I will file criminal charges against him upon my return to Manila so he will be unmasked as the true mastermind of the questioned sale of helicopters owned by him and his companies to the Philippine National Police,” the younger Arroyo said in August 2011.

His body finally came home on Wednesday evening, February 29, a little over a month after he died in London on January 26.

His common-law wife, Grace Ibuna, spoke to the media after Arroyo’s remains arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. “I just want him to have a dignified burial,” Ibuna said. 

When he was alive, the late solon – also known as Jose Pidal – came to his brother’s rescue on several other issues. 

The repatriation of his remains to the Philippines got stalled due to a tiff between his legal wife Alicia “Aleli” Arroyo and Ibuna. 

Arroyo reportedly filed a will that entrusts his remains to Ibuna, but the camps of the 2 wives have arrived at an amicable settlement with regard to his funeral arrangements. –

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