Inside the village of Iggy’s wake

Security is tight for the wake's most high profile guest, detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

MANILA, Philippines – Over a month after he died, the family and close friends of the late Negros Occidental Rep Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo paid their respects inside the gated La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City.

Arroyo’s remains came home on Thursday, March 1, to his family’s ancestral residence at No. 14 Badjao St in La Vista. His family barred the media from his wake for privacy, with most reporters and photographers having to stake out at the La Vista gate.

The vicinity of Arroyo’s residence was lined with vehicles, including the convoy of the wake’s most tightly guarded guest, detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The Pasay Regional Trial Court gave the former chief executive from 8 am to 4 pm to visit the wake

The late solon’s remains arrived in the Philippines from London on Wednesday evening, February 29. 

Arroyo came to the rescue of his brother, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, several times in the past involving several issues – among them, the so-called “Jose Pidal” scandal. 

The repatriation of his remains got delayed due to a tiff between his legal wife Alicia “Aleli” Arroyo and common-law wife Grace Ibuna. 

Arroyo reportedly prepared 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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