Mike Arroyo need not show up

Santiago may seek deposition instead

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Sunday said she was inclined to excuse the husband of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from attending the Senate inquiry into the purported rigged bidding of World Bank-funded projects if he requested it for health reasons.

But Santiago, chair of the committee on economic affairs, said she was also inclined to seek a deposition from First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo so he could answer a World Bank report’s allegation of corruption against him.

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