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Di pwede sa Pinas? Ex-TESDA chief Syjuco asks Sandiganbayan’s nod for chemo in Singapore

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Former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to undergo chemotherapy in Singapore.

Syjuco told the Sandiganbayan in his urgent motion to travel he needs treatment for his advanced myelodysplastic syndrome associated with marked splenomegaly.

He informed the court if remained untreated his condition could progress to acute leukemia.

However, he explained the treatment requires the use of a drug known as Azacitidine which is unavailable in the Philippines.

Because of this, Syjuco asked the court to give him permission to travel to Singapore from January 22 to February so he can undergo treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

After which, he said he may need to return every three to four weeks since at least courses is needed to see significant progress.

Syjuco is facing numerous charges before the Sandiganbayan including the anomalous awarding of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarships when he was still its director general; the purchase of more than 1,500 mobile phones; and the questionable implementation of a district-wide poultry project.