• Court lets Abalos to travel abroad for check-up

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    The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division has permitted former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos to go to Singapore for a post-surgery check-up. Abalos, who is facing a graft charge in connection with the botched $329-million national broadband network deal, is authorized to leave for Singapore starting February 1 and must return to the Philippines not later than February 5. “Acting on Benjamin S. Abalos’ motion for permission to travel abroad [dated January 22, 2016], and after considering the prosecution’s comment/opposition thereto [dated January 28, 2016], the court resolves to grant said accused permission to travel abroad to Singapore, subject to the following terms and conditions,” the court said in a resolution dated January 29 and made public on Monday. Last year, the court granted his request to travel to Singapore to undergo a medical procedure to correct the bulging of the discs in his spine.

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