Philippines: Sandiganbayan convicts Floirendo of graft

A former member of the House of Representatives and a businessman was convicted by the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court.

The court’s sixth division, voting 4-1, sentenced former Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. from six years and a month up to eight years in prison with perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

The court said “the accused’s indirect pecuniary or financial interest in the 2003 JVA (Joint Venture Agreement) falls within the prohibition under Section 14, Article 6 of the Constitution. Considering the foregoing, this Court finds that the second and third elements of Violation of Sec. 3(h) of RA 3019 are present”, the court said in a 19-page decision promulgated on Wednesday.

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