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SANDIGANBAYAN ORDERS ARREST OF EX-BUDGET USEC



The Sandiganbayan has declared former Budget Undersecretary and pork barrel scam defendant Mario Relampagos, a fugitive from justice after he failed to return from his trip to the United States on January 1.

The court's Seventh Division ordered Relampagos' arrest and the forfeiture of his P280,000 bail bond and P140,000 travel bond.

Moreover, the antigraft court directed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to cancel his passport which was valid until October 14, 2019.

Relampagos' lawyers were asked to explain for failure to comply with the affidavit of undertaking they executed for seeking travel permission.