Details are conflicting and sketchy, but reporters are apparently scrambling over the departure of the President’s husband at 5:55 pm tonight aboard CX 918 bound for Hong Kong: he was the last to board.
The first information began being circulated at around 3:45 pm today that the President’s husband, together with businessmen Ricky Razon, and Endika Aboitiz were going to leave tonight for Europe, to (allegedly) make sure they’re scarce before tomorrow’s Blue Ribbon Committee hearing at the Senate on the ZTE deal.
Another version had it that Panfilo Lacson believed it would be businessman Bomboy Araneta accompanying the President’s husband, and not Ricky Razon, and that they would depart tomorrow at 5 pm.
This, after Joey de Venecia had announced he intended to name someone big, as a participant in meetings at Wack-Wack golf club in which Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos was discussing the ZTE deal. Scuttlebutt was rife that the name that would be revealed was the President’s brother, Diosdado Macapagal, Jr. As noted in the link above, de Venecia III categorically stated he wasn’t alluding to DM Jr.
The departure of the President’s husband could have a simple explanation: a medical check up in California. But since timing is everything, and up to this point, all the news has been how “miraculous” the recovery of the President’s husband has been, the unannounced departure has tongues wagging. Not least because Jarius Bondoc has been directly suggesting presidential involvement in the controversial deal.
Update: Confirmed, 6:44 pm: Mike Arroyo slips out on eve of Senate ZTE probe.