Ongpin asks court to recall travel ban


Businessman Roberto Ongpin: Needs to travel. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Businessman Roberto Ongpin has petitioned the Sandiganbayan to recall the hold-departure order it issued against him and allow him to travel abroad to attend business meetings and conduct negotiations.

In a “supplemental motion to recall hold-departure order and for leave to travel abroad,” Ongpin submitted to the antigraft court’s 3rd Division his travel itinerary, including the dates, destination and complete address while abroad.

Ongpin is scheduled to leave for Perugia, Italy, on Feb. 10; Paris, France, on Feb. 15; London, United Kingdom, on Feb. 17; Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 25; and Hong Kong on Feb. 28. He will return to Manila on March 2.

According to his lawyer, Ongpin is actually in Paris now and was previously scheduled to return to Manila in the first week of February. The hold-departure order was issued only on Feb. 1.

Because of the nature of his business, “an urgent and significant matter has arisen which will require his presence in London, thus his return to Manila as well as his travel itineraries will have to change,” his lawyer said.

The lawyer said his client’s investment banking activities literally spanned more than half the globe.

“Mr. Ongpin respectfully asks this honorable court to give due consideration to the fact that he is requesting authorization to travel not as an ordinary tourist, but for legitimate business,” the motion read.

“Traveling is part and parcel of his livelihood. He needs to travel, and most of the time on short notice, in order to meet key businessmen with whom he is negotiating contracts and deals. In most instances, these businessmen are on similarly busy schedules and meeting with them are only finalized on short notice,” it added.

Ongpin, with 24 former officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines and private individuals, is facing graft charges in connection with the allegedly irregular grant of P660 million in loans to his firm Deltaventures Resources Inc. (DVRI) in 2009.

Ongpin and his coaccused have denied the allegations.

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  • Richard Ortega

    bakit di ka kasi tumakas agad, wala na si thief justice wala na kayong kakampi sa SC. pagawa ka na ng magandang wheel chair at maghanda ng sakit sakitan, makulong ka!!!!!!

  • Dag Erickson

    Hummm… you are not counting yet that dollar deposit opened by Ongpin on behalf of the Philippines by dictator Marcos in China. To be specific- HONGKONG.  Tons of money there owned by the Philippine government. The only key is ONGPIN. The account is under his name. He is waiting for the right moment.  Hopefully,  he won’t die first!!!   We can’t recover it at all if he dies.
        TONS OF MONEY THERE !!!!!!!!!!!

  • wilson

    Mr. Ongpin is being single out in acquino administration, relative to sanding an bayan, the government did not lose a single centavos, and all was paid with interest, I remember a senator,s company has billion of real estate loan with the govt agencies and did even pay the loan for around 10 years, and he was not even charge with anything. I am confuse?

  • Jhune

    Magaling mag paikot ng batas ang mga abogado nito, iba talaga pag mayaman ka sa pilipnas. more fun talaga.

  • Pablo Juan

    Bilib talaga ako sa mga globe trotting businessmen natin:

    1) FG
    2) Abalos
    3) Ongpin

  • johndcross1

    If he is abroad, order him to come back and ensure he could not travel again until his case is decided! He is a lying Son-of-bitccchhhheeesss denying the allegations against him!!!!!!


    YANG mga ganyang kalibre na MMM hindi dapat na pinagbibigayan….masyadong matinik at malawak ang na-aabot ng mga galamay ng mga yan na na-ani at na-ipon nila gamit ang pera ng bayan noon at ngayon sa pamamagitan ng pananalamangka.  BANTAYAN ng 24/7 yang TNL na yan na panahon pa ni Makoy nakikinabang na sa pulot ng bayan.  Kilalalang-kilala yan na kabaliktaran ni Jimmy Ongpin na matino.  Siya ang utak at operator ng Binondo CB na pinagkakitaan nya ng bundok-bundok na kayamanan kasama ang iba pang kabarkads ni Makoy. SILA ang nagpakasasa noon sa DOLYAR na parang dumadaan ka sa butas ng karayom noon para makabili ng ilan lang.  HINA**PAK ang TNL na yan sa KWARTA….tingnan ninyo ang pagmumukha…..pintahan lang ng berde yan, e, mukha ng US Dollar!

  • blainz

    Mike Arroyo allowed to travel, Abalos allowed to travel, now Ongpin wants to travel.
    I guess if you have enough money, a hold-departure order can be treated as a departure lounge. If the judges were any more accomodating, they’d be handing out the airline tickets themselves.

    The FATF may want to monitor the business dealings of these people abroad…

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