Gatchalian brothers allowed to travel abroad

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2017 03:59 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 4th Division on Monday allowed brothers Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Valenzuela City Representative Wes Gatchalian to travel to Russia to join the delegation of President Duterte.

Sen. Gatchalian and Rep. Gatchalian were allowed to leave not earlier than May 22 but they should be back not later than May 27.

Rep. Gatchalian was also allowed to go to Toronto, Canada for his annual family vacation. The court said Rep. Gatchalian can leave for Canada not earlier than June 4 but he should be back not later than June 18. 

The brothers are facing charges over the allegedly anomalous buy-out by Local Water Utilities Administration of Express Savings Bank Inc., a bank that was co-owned by the Gatchalian family.

The case against Sen. Gatchalian was already dismissed last year but the prosecution still has a pending appeal.

Meanwhile, the Sandiganbayan 6th Division is also set to hear Senator JV Ejercito's motion to travel to join the President in his trip to United Arab Emirates from May 27 to 29. 

Ejercito is facing a technical malversation case for a firearms purchase deal when he was San Juan City mayor.