Singson itching for travel abroad

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Even after going to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong bridging May to June, former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson is not slowing down on traveling abroad and has again asked the Sandigabayan to allow him to leave the country.

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In his Supplemental Motion for Leave to Travel Abroad submitted before the Sandiganbayan’s 3rd division, Singson invoked that he needs to travel to Singapore and Thailand from June 21 to June 27 to attend to pressing business matters.

He is facing three counts of graft charges over his allegedly unlawful turnover of P16-million worth of financial assistance to the Multi-line Food Processing International Inc. (MFPI) during his tenure as Ilocos Sur governor.

The MFPI is neither a non-government organization or people’s organization, thus violating Commission on Audit guidelines.

“The accused respectfully assures the Honorable Court that he will return immediately after the abovementioned period. The instant motion is not intended for delay. Further, the intended travel is not for the purpose of evading prosecution of his case as well as the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court,” Singson’s motion lodged thru his lawyer, Francisco Tolentino, read.

Should the anti-graft court grant the former governor’s request, he will travel via commercial flight. He will stay in Marina Bay Sands at 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore before transferring to Shangri-la Hotel in 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand.

The Sandiganbayan earlier allowed Singson to go to Israel and Los Angeles in the US from June 10 to June 29.

But based on Singson’s new motion, pressing business matters prompted the former Ilocos Sur governor to return to Manila earlier than expected and cancelled his intended travel to Los Angeles. As such, Singson arrived in Manila last June 16.

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