• Hold departure orders issued vs Corona, Singson

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    The Sandiganbayan Third Division on Friday issued a hold departure order (HDO) against former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona and former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson.

    The HDO against Corona was issued in connection with the ill-gotten wealth and perjury charges filed against him for alleged non-declaration of his true wealth and correct income tax returns (ITRs).

    On the other hand, the HDO against Singson was for the case of malversation of public funds he allegedly committed in 2001.

    The Sandiganbayan issued the HDO directing the Bureau of Immigration (BI) not to allow the two respondents from leaving the country while their respective cases are pending.

    According to the Sandiganbayan, the HDO is only normal as part of their process for people with pending cases to make sure that they will appear during the hearings set by the anti-graft court. PNA

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