The Sandiganbayan has ordered the issuance of hold departure orders (HDO) against Rep. Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. of Iloilo province and his 10 co-accused in the graft complaint filed over the anomalous purchase of P302-million worth of training equipment for the Technical Education and Skills Authority (Tesda).
The court’s Fifth Division ordered the Bureau of Immigration to stop Syjuco and the other respondents from leaving the country.
Also ordered barred from leaving the Philippines are Tesda deputy Director General Rogelio Peyuan, Directors Antonio del Rosario, Ernesto Beltran, Teodoro Sanico, Buen Mondejar, lawyer Marjorie Docdocil, chief Administrative Officer Juanito Belda, senior Administrative Assistant Francisco Fang, and Administrative Officer Maximiano Montemayor.
Private individual Vicente Roxas, president of V.G. Roxas Co. Inc., Tesda’s supplier of training equipment and testing tools, is also in the list.
Syjuco and the others are facing graft charges in connection with the purchase of P302-million training equipment. The Commission on Audit said P70.96 million of the money was wasted because some of the equipment were not used.
With the HDO, the accused should first secure the permission of the court and post a travel bond if they want to travel abroad.
John Constantine G. Cordon