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Senator asks Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel to UAE this month

A motion was filed by Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito asking the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division to permit him to travel to United Arab Emirates this month.
Ejercito asked the court through a motion that he be allowed to travel to UAE from May 27 to 29 as a delegate for the official visit of President Duterte.
Ejercito explained in his motion he is not a flight risk as he is a senator and owes fidelity to the people who voted for him.
The motion also told the court that his speedy return to the country showed that he has no intention of not returning to the country.
He also said he had previously posted a travel bond and is willing to appear before the court immediately upon his arrival.
The Office of the Ombudsman has indicted Ejercito with graft and technical malversation over the allegedly anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms worth P2.1 million during his incumbency as mayor of San Juan City.
He was accused of conspiring with San Juan City officials for the purchase of high-powered firearms in February to August 2008 during his term as the mayor of the city.
Ejercito was indicted after he allowed the use of calamity fund to buy the firearms despite the absence of a state of calamity during that time.
It was also alleged that the purchase was done with haste without competitive bidding and examination of the of the suppliers qualifications.
Last December the anti-graft court acquitted Ejercito of graft charges after it admitted the demurrer to evidence filed by the senator.
In his demurrer, the senator sought the dismissal of the case based on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
The anti-graft court said the prosecution failed to prove the senator and his co-accused gave unwarranted benefit and advantage to supplier to HK Tactical Defense System Inc. when it awarded to the company the contract to the purchase of the high-powered firearms.
The firearms purchased by the city government from HKTDSI included three units of Daewoo K2 caliber 5.55 mm sub-machine guns, and 17 units of Daewoo K1 cal. 5.56 mm. sub-machine guns totaling P2.1 million.

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