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Sandiganbayan grants solon's travel permit.

The Sandiganbayan has granted a lawmaker facing criminal charges for refusing to turn over to the local government a mobile clinic the permission to travel abroad.

The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has granted Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato permission to travel to the Netherlands this April.

With her travel still subject to the terms and conditions of the graft court, Sato will also have to pay a cash bond of P60,000 for her to be able to go abroad.

Filed under Criminal Case No. SB13CRM0095, Sato has been charged before the Sandiganbayan for Failure to Make Delivery of Public Property under paragraph 2 of Article 221 of the Revised Penal Code.

In 2001, Sato, who was then the governor of Occidental Mindoro, had received a mobile clinic worth P3,460,000 as a donation from the ERAP Partnerships for the Poor Foundation Inc. and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

However, prosecutors said Sato refused to make the delivery of the mobile clinic including medical and laboratory equipment despite repeated demands from the provincial government.

Sato, who is set to be arraigned this Monday, has sought permission to travel to the Netherlands between April 2 to 11.

The legislator, who is a member of the House Committee on Energy, explained to the graft court that she will be part of a delegation going to the Netherlands to visit and observe geothermal power plants and aquaculture farms using geothermal steam resources.


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Date:Mar 29, 2014
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