Baguilat pleads not guilty in vehicle purchase case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2018 04:21 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. at the joint session of Congress deliberating the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao at the House of Representatives on July 22, 2017. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA - Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. pleaded not guilty to two counts of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act after he was conditionally arraigned by the Sandiganbayan 5th Division.

Baguilat’s cases stemmed from the purchase of a second-hand Isuzu Wagon Trooper in 2003 when he was provincial governor for the supposedly overpriced amount of P900,000 without public bidding.

Baguilat was conditionally arraigned in light of his motion to travel to Germany and the Netherlands while he still has a pending motion to dismiss which caused the cancellation of his arraignment last March 16.

Baguilat’s motion to dismiss is anchored on the supposed eight-year delay of the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigation of his case.

After his conditional arraignment, the anti-graft court then granted the request of Baguilat to be allowed to travel to Berlin, Germany from April 6 to 12 and to Leiden, the Netherlands from April 12 to 15, 2018.

In his motion, Baguilat said that he will be on a “Study Visit Program” organized by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung which “aims to provide platforms for knowledge-sharing for party-building and political branding between the Free Democratic Party of Germany and the Liberal Party of the Philippines."

In Leiden, Baguilat intends to meet with Filipino communities.

Included in the usual conditions imposed by the court is the payment by Baguilat of P120,000 in cash as his travel bond.