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Sandiganbayan allows Tonyboy Floirendo to fly to HK for the holidays

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Davao Del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. has been allowed by the Sandiganbayan 6th Division to go on a family trip in Hong Kong.

The anti-graft court has issued a resolution granting Floirendo’s motion seeking permission to go to Hong Kong from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 2, 2019.

“As the Honorable Court would appreciate, the probability of accused fleeing our judicial process is practically nonexistent with his previous travels where he has repeatedly returned,” read his motion to travel.

The legislator is facing a graft case which stemmed from the complaint filed by Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Alvarez accused the lawmaker of having “a direct financial or pecuniary interest” in the deal under a 2003 multi-million peso joint venture agreement (JVA) between the Floirendo family’s Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation (TADECO) and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

Under the deal, TADECO has been allowed 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.

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