The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of former Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon, who has a pending graft case, to journey overseas as a result of “the likelihood of flight of accused is nice.”
Faeldon has a graft case for allegedly approving the discharge of P34-million price of smuggled rice in 2017.
He pleaded the anti-graft courtroom to permit him to journey to the USA from Sept. 16 to 30 and to South Korea from Oct. 15 to 22.
The courtroom identified “the popularity of the accused-movant (Faeldon) as a former escapee creates severe doubts on whether or not he would return to the Philippine if permitted to journey overseas.”
“The Court docket takes discover that he had twice escaped from custody prior to now, after having been concerned within the so-called Oakwood mutiny staged by junior navy officers in July 2003, viz: first, in December 2005 however recaptured a month later; and, second, in November 2007 and surrendering in July 2010,” cited the ruling penned by Affiliate Justice Maryanne E. Corpus-Manalac with the concurrence of Fifth Division Chairperson Rafael R. Lagos and Affiliate Justice Maria Theresa V. Mendoza-Arcega.
“A perusal of accused-movant’s movement and reply reveals that no clear and particular goal of the requested international travels has been offered therein. As an alternative, his submissions provide reasonably obscure claims that he was purportedly tapped as an ‘casual backdoor facilitator’ final Sept. 10-11, 2022 to fulfill with ‘international companions and different stakeholders’ who’re supposedly ‘all keen to assist in the advance of our nation’s financial system,’” the Sandiganbayan mentioned.
“Pressed with the small print, he didn’t even hassle to quote any specifics in his reply. He explicitly admits therein, nevertheless, that other than the shortage of journey itinerary and return flight particulars, ‘he doesn’t know which international associate or stakeholder would agree to fulfill with him on such quick discover, and if that’s the case, when and the place such assembly can be held,” it mentioned.
The courtroom harassed that it “can not merely depend on his naked declare of necessity, extra so that he’s now a non-public citizen, having been separated from service since September 5, 2019.”
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