Court OKs Mike Arroyo travel

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Mike Arroyo will be traveling to Tokyo and Hong Kong from May 3 to 10

TRAVEL REQUEST. The Sandiganbayan has granted Mike Arroyo's request to travel to Tokyo and Hong Kong. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

MANILA, Philippines – Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, husband of detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has been allowed to travel to Tokyo and Hong Kong from May 3 to 10, Rappler learned Wednesday, April 25.

The Sandiganbayan’s fourth division granted Mr Arroyo’s travel request and ordered him to post a travel bond of P90,000.

Mr Arroyo is facing a graft charge before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the botched NBN-ZTE computerization deal for government.

The Ombudsman earlier objected to Mr Arroyo’s travel request, citing its lack of urgency.

Mr Arroyo said he was “very happy” with the court order. “As the justices said, under the rule of law I’m still innocent until proven guilty. There’s no reason not to come back. Anyway, it’s just for a week…and I have already sought permission from my wife,” he said in a text message to media. – Rappler.com