By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki
A co-accused in the graft case against former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Efraim Genuino is asking permission from the Sandiganbayan Third Division to travel to the US for a period of 30 days.
Former PAGCOR Senior Vice President Edward King filed a motion for leave to travel abroad, explaining that he was going to visit his ailing mother who presently resides in San Jose, California.
Jennifer Toledo, a Medical Social Worker already wrote a certification letter dated March 20, 2019, regarding the request for a “Humanitarian/Emergency Visa” for King.
“Please allow this family member to visit immediately to be with our patient during this critical time,” the letter read.
King pleaded with the anti-graft court to let him stay in California for an “extended time” because “his presence might be required by American laws pertaining to the documentation and arrangements relative to his ailing mother’s expected demise.”
King and Genuino have been slapped with two counts in violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and one count in violation of Section 3(h), also of R.A. 3019 in connection with the misappropriation of P37 million worth of government funds for the training of swimmers who competed in the 2012 Olympics.