Philippine's Former Agriculture Undersecretary to Be Discharged From Hospital

Posted Nov 12, 2008 by Maria Narissa Aranzanso
Philippine's former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante was given a discharge order by his attending physician, Dr. Romeo Saavedra, from St. Luke's Hospital on November 10, 2008, at 11 a.m.
In an interview, Dr. Romeo Saavedra said that the hospital is not aware of Mr. Bolante's decision when to go home and leave. He added that it is his prerogative if he wishes to stay in the hospital for further treatment. He pointed out that it was clear that they had already issued a discharge order from 11 am.
Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante was charged of graft by the former Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr. for direct involvement and planning of the 728-million peso fertilizer scam. In the middle of the investigation, he fled to the US and later sought asylum but the request was denied and he was deported to the Philippines.
Back in the Philippines, Jocjoc Bolante sought refuge in a hospital and used health conditions to evade Senate inquiry. The former Rotarian and congressman wannabe disappointed many Filipinos including members of the Senate when despite giving an arrest order, Mr. Bolante continued to stay in the hospital with the aid of formal statements of his attending physicians and the hospital.
The VIP treatment given to Jocjoc Bolante was attributed to his affiliation with the President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and also to First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. He was identified as the architect of the plan to use money that was intended to buy fertilizers for the farmers. Pacific News Center reports "he was accused of diverting at least 728 million fertilizer fund to President Arroyo's 2004 election campaign."