Another graft suspect seeks leave to travel

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In the wake of many suspects in high-profile corruption cases seeking permission to leave the country, a respondent in the graft suit involving former congressman Augusto Syjuco and several others is asking the Sandiganbayan to let him travel abroad from May 20 to 23.

Syjuco and Vicente Roxas are facing six counts of violation of the Anti-Graft Law for irregular disbursement of funds under the ladderized education program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Roxas, in his urgent motion dated May 5, said he needed to go on a business trip to Kolkota, India.

He maintained that his travel would not in any way prejudice any party since there are no hearings set on the duration of his trip.


The suspect is the president and chairman of V.G. Roxas Co. Inc., which is currently discussing with an Indian government firm the supply of frigate ships to the Philippine Navy.

His firm is a trading company and supplies farming implements and equipment for various fields such as medical, dental, educational, research and science.

It was responsible for delivering the training equipment and testing tools for the ladderized education program, which were allegedly substandard and overpriced.

Syjuco meanwhile is also charged with 12 counts of graft for allegedly issuing scholarship certificates beyond the P5.6 billion allotted for the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship program.

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