Davao Del Norte 2nd district Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan 6th Division permission to allow him to travel to Hong Kong.
“Accused-movant would like to take a respite from the national campaign of his supported national candidates before he plunges to a projected hectic campaign for his candidacy and his supported national candidates,” read his motion to travel.
“The campaign for the local positions of which he is running for representative official starts end of this month,” he added.
Floirendo informed the court that he intends to travel to Hong Kong this March 20 to 24 and has already received his travel authority from the Speaker of the House.
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 be involved in any government contracts before any agency for his pecuniary benefit during his term of office.
He pointed out that when the 2003 JVA was reached Floirendo was still representative of the 2nd District of Davao del Norte.