Sandigan orders ex-mayor jailed

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MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan on Thursday ordered the incarceration at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) of former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Crescente Llorente Jr. who has eluded arrest for the past eight years after his conviction for graft in 2004.

However, Llorente was allowed to remain in hospital under the custody of the Quezon City Police District in the order issued by Justice Francisco Villaruz, presiding justice of the 3rd Division.

Llorente is confined at the Philippine Heart Center after his doctors certified that he was suffering from hypertension and diabetes and therefore unfit to travel.

His lawyer had appealed to the court that his client be allowed to remain in hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to the NBP.

The court said it will ask the PHC to give the court regular updates on the physical condition of Llorente.

“Upon certification by his attending physicians that he is fit to travel he will be committed to (the NBP) to start serving his sentence,” Villaruz said in open court.

Llorente, 71, was convicted of graft in 2004 for ordering the illegal seizure of 930 wooden boxes from the store of the complainant, Godofredo Diamante.

The crime was committed in 1993 when Llorente was still municipal mayor of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. The Supreme Court later affirmed the conviction.

Upon receiving the notice of entry of judgment in 2005, the antigraft court issued a subpoena for Llorente to appear before it for execution of judgment. He failed to show up, prompting the court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Police arrested Llorente at his home in Sindangan recently and brought him to the Sandiganbayan.

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  • hustlergalore

    Llorente is confined at the Philippine Heart Center after his doctors certified that he was suffering from hypertension and diabetes and therefore unfit to travel.

    – acheche. bolahin nyo ang lelo nyong panot! hindi naman siya maglalakad papuntang bilibid.

    LOL

    • ddano

      Dapat yung doctor muna ang ikulong sa munti habang nasa ospital si Llorente. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    As usual, hospital arrest.

  • Islander

    You mean he was in his home all the time?  Why did it take 8 years to find him?

    • superpilipinas

      he-he-he. if you have the money, you can be anywhere!

  • $37644997

    The crime was commited in 1993
    convicted in 2004
    entered judgement in 2005
    arrested 2013
    case to be dismissed by 2020

    sorry folks,this is the type of justice system that we have.

    • superpilipinas

      he-he-he. game over na sa korte. 

      kung malakas siya kay Aquino, pardon pa pwede.

    • regd

      Crime was committed on June 12, 1989.

      • $37644997

        thank you,both you and I should get the attention of the author.

    • miiron

      he’s deadby that time!   hehehe

  • regd

    So, what was the content of the wooden boxes? Anybody?

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      ” (sic) 930 sawn knockdown wooden boxes”

      i dunno what that means.

    • $37644997

      dried fish(my guess)

  • miiron

    serve him right!

  • Edandlye Pogi

    Wow the crime was committed in 1993! 20 years ago! Good thing the complainant did not give up. Otherwise, this crook would have remained scot free.

  • garapata

    History tells how to avoid penalties. Hospital is the best shelter for the convict.

  • Komen To

    His lawyer had appealed to the court that his client be allowed to remain in hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to the NBP.
    Bakit inaresto sa bahay, kala ko ba nasa ospital yan? Anong klaseng hustisya meron ? Basta me kaso, nao ospital. Pede ba gawa na lang ng ospital sa loob ng bilibid para sa lahat? Unfair justice system

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.naig Noel Naig

    ito na bago uso ngaun…pagmakulong..kunwari may sakit…sa ospital na lang..yan kung madatong ka…kung wala ka..direkta ka na sa kulungan…i kung nkatravel sya galing zamboanga…bakit di sya makatravel magmulang heart center papuntang munting lupa…dahil sa high blood at diabetes ..bakit sa munting lupa ba walang may diabetes at high blood n nkakulong…may clinic n man sa loob…iba talaga ang batas sa mayaman….maluho…

  • dukaponte

    Bakit kailangan ng certification na fit to travel bago dalhin sa NBP? Bakit maglalakad ba sila papunta ng bilibid?

  • dequis

    baka iyong magtutulak ng wheelchair mula west av puntang munti ang unfit to make the tulak

  • anu12345

     “Llorente is confined at the Philippine Heart Center after his doctors
    certified that he was suffering from hypertension and diabetes and
    therefore unfit to travel”

    I have these ailments for many many years now BUT I can travel anywhere I want. The only thing that prevents me from doing this sometimes is – money. Bilib ako sa mga doctors ng mga akusado. Mahusay mag-certify ng fitness to travel or to stand trial.

  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Monkey see, Monkey do….lahat ang dahilan may sakit, sa hospital. ha ha ha ha hindi na po kataka taka ang mga ganyan. Tolerated na rin kasi ng korte, dapat diyan kada magdadahilan pa check agad at pa confirm sa mga doctors ng gobyerno, lahat ng gastos sagot ng akusado, no exceptions. Lagi na lang ganyan, kakasawa na. Pag may kaso, may sakit, pag gumgagawa ng kawalangyaan aba eh sobrang lulusog ng mga hinayupak na  mandarambong. Mga politiko kasi sa atin ang naging masamang halimbawa eh. Kaya pati itong nanampal ng MMDA eh ganon na lang din ang ginawa, di ata makalakad at namamaga ang bayag! Pati ang abogado niya matindi at hindi rin dumating sa arraignment. Only in the Philippines, ika nga. Ang naging resulta ng mga ito tuloy eh…THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF WHEELCHAIRS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

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