Ex-Zamboanga govt seeks permission to travel

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ZAMBOANGA del Sur second district Rep. Aurora Cerilles, charged with malversation before the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division, has sought permission to travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey next month for the World Scout conference.

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Cerilles, who is out on bail, is facing charges over alleged illegal transactions with Baganian Broadcasting Corp. and caused payment of public funds amounting to P483,840 in 2005 when she was governor.

In a motion filed last week, Cerilles asked the court to issue an order allowing her to leave the country and travel from Manila to Azerbaijan on August 12, from Azerbaijan to Georgia on August 19, from Georgia to Armenia on August 22, and from Armenia to Turkey on August 26. She will return to Manila from Turkey on August 29.

The purpose of her travel is “to attend the 41st World Scout Conference which will be held at Baku, Azerbaijan, of which she and her husband, a senior vice president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), are official delegates.”

“On August 19, she will then travel from Azerbaijan to Georgia for the Signing of a Friendship Agreement between the BSP and the Scouts of Georgia which will be held on August 20-21,” it added.

Cerilles and her husband, Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Antonio Cerilles, will also “observe the way of life of the people” in Armenia and Turkey, according to the motion.

The defense recalled that the court granted her previous applications for permit to travel. “And for the record, she complied with all the conditions imposed by the Honorable Court,” it said, adding that “she undertakes to comply again with the usual conditions imposed upon her proposed travels, just as what she did in her previous ones.”

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