Dichaves allowed to travel abroad for family reunion

THE Supreme Court (SC) Second Division has allowed businessman Jaime Dichaves, a co-defendant in the plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada, to travel abroad to attend a family reunion.

In a resolution promulgated last March 9, the Dichaves was granted permission to travel to Hong Kong and Tokyo in April, May or June 2016.

The court has allowed Dichaves to travel for a period of 15 days to accompany his 89-year-old mother, Elena, to a family reunion.

The travel is subject to several conditions including the retention of a P1-million cash bond he posted in September last year when he was allowed to travel to Hong Kong and China for business purposes.

The high court also directed Dichaves to file a manifestation before the Sandiganbayan informing its executive clerk of court of his departure date, arrival date in the Philippines, and all other flight and travel information to and from the places indicated in his request.

Meanwhile, the SC has also directed the anti-graft court's executive clerk to file a report with the SC Second Division clerk of court within 15 days upon Dichaves' submissions of his compliances with all the conditions in the decision.

Dichaves was charged with plunder after admitting he owned the fictitious Jose Velarde account linked to Estrada. The account allegedly contained P3.2-billion.

Dichaves was also accused of helping Estrada receive a commission from the sale of Belle Corp. shares to the Government Service Insurance System and the Social Security System amounting to P189.7-million. (Sunnex)
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