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Bakasyon grande! Floirendo seeks court’s nod to travel to HK, US, Japan

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Davao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan 6th Division to allow him to go on a vacation abroad.

“Accused-movant still has the constitutional right to travel and allowing him to travel for personal reason and as in his past travels is a recognition of said right,” read his motion to travel.

In his motion, Floirendo informed the court he intends to take the trip outside of the country from Oct. 17 to Nov. 10.

During this period, he said he will be going to Hong Kong, Japan and then to his house in the United States.

The legislator explained after his vacation he expects to be very busy campaigning for his reelection.

Floirendo is facing a graft case which stemmed from the complaint filed by Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez who accused Floirendo of having “a direct financial or pecuniary interest” in the deal under a 2003 multi-million peso joint venture agreement (JVA) which allowed TADECO to lease from the BuCor a 5,000-hectare land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm (DAPECOL) in Davao del Norte as a banana plantation.

Alvarez said the Constitution prohibits a lawmaker to intervene in any government contracts before any agency for his pecuniary benefit during his term of office.

He alleged TADECO has as its major stockholder Floirendo’s family and Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) which also has large shares from the same family.

Alvarez indicated that when the 2003 JVA was reached Floirendo was still representative of the 2nd District of Davao del Norte.