• ER Ejercito posts bail bond anew

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    Ousted Laguna Governor ER Ejercito posted P30,000 bail again on Tuesday after the Sandiganbayan issued a warrant for his arrest for failure to attend the arraignment in connection with a graft case filed against him and several others.

    The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division on Monday forfeited Ejercito’s bail bond earlier posted after the medical certificate his lawyer presented to explain his absence in court was not accepted.

    During the Monday hearing, the defense presented a medical certificate stating that Ejercito was confined at a hospital and was diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia-moderate risk.

    But the court did not accept the medical certificate, noting a condition below it which said “To be used only for school or work purposes. Strictly not for medico-legal purpose.”

    Ejercito’s case stemmed from the alleged anomalous insurance deal in 2008 while he was the mayor of Pagsanjan town.

    Likewise charged with him were former Pagsanjan Vice Mayor Crisostomo Vilar and former Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) members Arlyn Lazaro-Torres, Terryl Gamit-Talabong, Kalahi Rabago, Erwin Sacluti, and Gener Dimaranan.

    Also charged was Marilyn Bruel, proprietor of First Rapids Care Ventures (FRCV), which was allegedly involved in the anomalous deal.

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