Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. has been allowed to take a vacation in Hong Kong.
The Sandiganbayan 6th Division has issued a resolution which granted his motion seeking permission to go to Hong Kong from
“Over the objection from the prosecution, the instant Motion is hereby granted subject to the usual terms and conditions imposed by the Court,” read the resolution of the anti-graft court.
In his motion, Floirendo, who secured an April 8 travel authority fro the House, sought the trip for “spiritual purposes and to take a break and rest from the very hectic phase of the campaign period.”
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.