Former congressman off to Bilibid


Posted at Feb 07 2013 08:47 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 04:47 AM

MANILA -  Former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Crescente Llorente Jr. will serve his 8-year jail term at the National Bilibid Prisons after hiding from the law for 8 years.

The 71-year-old Llorente was arrested in his home in the town of Sindangan based on a warrant issued in 2005.

He was found guilty of a graft in 2004 over the illegal seizure of 930 wooden boxes from a businessman's shop.

Llorente was mayor of Sindangan in 2003 when the crime was committed.

The Supreme Court later upheld the ruling.

He later went into hiding and eluded authorities' efforts to arrest him.

After Llorente's arrest, Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice and Third Division chairman Francisco Villaruz ordered him to serve his sentence at the NBP.

His lawyer Jose Victor E. Aberilla, however, requested that the former congressman be confined at the Philippine Heart Center allegedly for hypertension and diabetes.

Villaruz ruled that Llorente can remain under hospital care but he has to be guarded by the Quezon City police.

"The court will ask the PHC to give regular updates on the physical condition of the accused. Upon certification by his attending physicians that he is fit to travel, he will be committed to (Bilibid) to start serving his sentence," Villaruz said.