State lawyers objected to the plan of former Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Dennis Cunanan to travel to Japan and the United States to fulfill his duties as World Secretary General of Junior Chamber International (JCI), saying the graft charges filed against him pose “a serious motivation” to flee.
Cunanan is facing seven counts of graft in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Prosecutors filed their comment/opposition at the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division, where Cunanan faces two graft counts as Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s co-accused. They stressed that he “is also charged with the same offense in various divisions of the Sandiganbayan, involving millions of pesos and penalties of imprisonment for years.”
The prosecutors said there is a possibility that Cunanan may no longer return home because of the slew of charges he is facing.
Cunanan also faces four counts of graft at the First Division, which handles the plunder case against Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., and one count at the Fifth Division, which handles the case against Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. He posted bail in all three divisions.
The Fifth Division told the defense on Tuesday to file separate motions for Cunanan’s travel to Japan and the US. The prosecution will have until tomorrow to comment on the pleading before it is submitted for resolution.