FORMER president now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo plans to go abroad to undergo stem cell treatment.
In an interview shortly after donating two units of dialysis machines to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), Arroyo said she and her husband, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo are set to go to Germany and France for the stem cell next month if the anti-graft court allows them.
“Probably stem cell therapy because that is short of surgery,” Arroyo said, adding that she also intends to meet Filipino communities in the said countries.
Also the Arroyo couple wants to have a short vacation in Hong Kong aside from visiting some Filipinos there.
According to Arroyo, she is still undergoing physical therapy at least twice a week for her “cervical spondylosis,” a degenerative disease affecting the bones and spine.
It can be recalled that Arroyo was granted hospital arrest in connection with the plunder case filed against her which stemmed from the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds.
Arroyo was released from detention after the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the plunder case for lack of strong evidence.
The lady solon is on her third and final term as representative of the 2nd District of Pampanga.
In a related development, Mr. Arroyo has filed a travel request from the Sandiganbayan.
Both facing graft over the sale of chopper, Mr. Arroyo asked permission for them to be allowed to go to Munich, Germany from September 10 to 29 and in France from September 29 to October 3.
The couple also intends to go to Hong Kong from October 29 to November 4.
In his motion, Mr. Arroyo informed the anti-graft court that he intends to accompany his wife Rep. Gloria who will undergo treatment.
“Jose Miguel is going to Germany to accompany his wife Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is undergoing a stem-cell procedure for her spinal condition. They are taking a short vacation in France for the first time in many years after the procedure,” the motion read.
“They are returning to Hong Kong at the end of October for the usual family retreat from the All Saints’ Day holidays in Manila,” the motion added.