MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan junked the appeal of former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos to leave for Taiwan next month.
The 4th division of the appellate court said Abalos’ itinerary was vague. He also did not indicate the exact date as to when he will be leaving.
Abalos, who is facing graft charges in connection with the mothballed National Broadband Network project, said he had to go to Taiwan to source bangus fry for his business.
“Recent developments in aquaculture industry, particularly the steady decline in the demand for shrimps coupled with the increasing complexity of prescribed shrimp culture practices and technology, has constrained the accused to shift the focus of his business from shrimp culture to the raising of bangus, if only to assure its continued viability,” Abalos had said.
He said this industry is now the only source of the family’s income. – with a report from Jon Ibañez, dzMM