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Syjucos seek court’s nod for medical treatment abroad

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Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief Augusto Syjuco Jr. and his wife, former Iloilo 2nd District Representative Judy Syjuco, have asked the Sandiganbayan to undergo medical treatment in Singapore.

The couple who are facing charges before the Sandiganbayan have filed motions seeking permission to go to Singapore for a medical furlough from January 3 to 4, 2019.

The former TESDA chief said he will be going to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital with his wife at his side for the treatment of “Advanced “Advanced Myelodysplastice Syndrome.”

“The medicine- Azacitidine – is not yet available nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the Philippines and that its administration would require delicate and special monitoring and experience,” read the motion of the former TESDA chief.

The couple assured they will return to face the charges against them.

“They are not a flight risk as they have every intention to vindicate their names, they will appear before this Honorable Court whenever necessary or whenever required to do so, they have ownership of real properties in Iloilo City and Makati City, and they are not fugitives from justice,” their motion read.

The former TESDA chief is facing two graft charges before the Sandiganbayan 2nd Division over the alleged anomalous implementation of educational programs for Iloilo.

While, his wife has been charged with graft and malversation through falsification before the Sandiganbayan 3rd Division concerning the alleged anomalous 2005 purchase 1,582 units of Nokia 1100 phones worth P5.9 million.