Cebu lawmaker seeks permission to travel to Japan, China

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 03 2017 02:00 PM

MANILA - Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia has asked the Sandiganbayan 2nd Division to allow her to travel to Japan from Nov. 23 to 26 to take part in the House of Representatives' committee on population and family relations' consultations on the bill for the dissolution of marriage. 

Aside from Japan, Garcia is also planning on going to Shanghai, China from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 to receive Enterprise Asia's International Innovation Award 2017 at the International Innovation Summit. 

In her motion for leave of court, Garcia said she has already secured authorization to travel to Japan and China from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, author of the marriage dissolution bill. 

“Being an incumbent Representative of the Third Legislative District of Cebu and the current Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, she will, and she undertakes, to return to the Philippines to continue serving her constituents, and to complete her term, which will expire on 30 June 2019,” her lawyer told the court.

Garcia is facing two counts of graft and one count of illegal use of public funds for the alleged anomalous purchase of 11 parcels of land in Naga, Cebu when she was provincial governor. 

The purchased land from Balili Estates has a total area of 25 hectares, parts of which are submerged in seawater.