Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs Chavit Singson, Corona

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
 
The Sandiganbayan Third Division has issued separate hold departure orders against former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
 
The orders were dated April 15, 2014 but were released to the media only on Friday, April 25. 

The order against Corona is connected to the perjury case filed against him for allegedly providing false information in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth and violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
 
Corona and his wife, Cristina, are facing 8 counts of perjury and 8 counts of violation of Republic Act 6713.
 
The Corona couple is accused of illegally amassing over P130 million worth of assets.
 
Singson, on the other hand, is under trial for violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the alleged misuse of P26 million from Ilocos Sur's share in the tobacco tax.

The case against Singson is based on the petition filed by Save Ilocos Sur Alliance chairperson Estelita Cordero, who alleged that Singson and his successor, Deogracias Victor Savellano, during their respective incumbencies, released a total of P26,060,500 for an allegedly shady firm, Multi-Line Food Processing International, Inc. (MFPPI).
 
Singson entered into 4 memoranda of agreement (MOAs) with MFPII dated 5 February 2001, 20 February 2001, 28 May 2001 and June 2001, for the release of financial assistance in the respective amounts of P9.18 million, P4 million, P3 million and P8 million to fund unspecified livelihood projects, for which checks were issued on 6 April 2001, 5 March 2001, 21 June 2001 and 24 July 2001, respectively.
 
His successor, incumbent Vice Governor Savellano, is also facing graft charges for forging similar agreements with the company totaling P1,880,500, also drawn from the tobacco levy share of the province. - with report from ABS-CBN News

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