Sandigan OKs Singapore trip of Syjuco couple
Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has allowed former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Augusto Syjuco and his wife Judy, a former representative of the first district of Iloilo, to leave the country for 12 days.

In a resolution dated Dec. 27, the anti-graft court’s second division said the Syjuco couple could travel to Singapore from Jan. 3 to 14.

In a joint urgent motion, the couple said Syjuco was advised by his doctor to continue chemotheraphy sessions for his advanced myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of blood disorder, which they claim would lead to leukemia if not aggressively treated.

Judy said she would accompany her husband during the medical procedure.

The court ordered the couple to appear before the clerk of court within five days upon their return to the country to personally present their passports bearing the stamped dates of their departure and arrival.

The court warned the couple that their travel bond would be cancelled and forfeited in favor of the government and any future motion to travel abroad would be denied if they fail to return on Jan. 14.

The couple are facing two counts of graft each in connection with the alleged misuse of Judy’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel amounting to P20 million in 2006.

The Office of the Ombudsman said Judy’s PDAF was coursed through TESDA, which was chaired by Syjuco at the time.

SANDIGANBAYAN TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
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