Bacolod Mayor barred from attending FIFA Congress
ABS-CBN Sports on May 31, 2015 08:56 AM
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Controversy has been wrapping themselves around FIFA these days, given the recent arrest of nine of the football governing body’s officials. Now, it seems that the controversy has also hit home shores as a Filipino FIFA official has been denied travel to the FIFA Congress in Zurich, as reported by Agence France-Presse.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, who is currently out on bail following charges of misuse of public funds amounting to around 38 million pesos during his time as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, was barred from traveling to FIFA’s annual congress in Switzerland. Puentevella is a board member of FIFA’s marketing and television committee.
The 68-year old Puentevella was scheduled to face trial last May 14, but managed to delay the process by submitting a medical report claiming that he was confined in the hospital with hypertension.
Puentevella then submitted another medical report, saying that he was fit to travel outside of the country, but was shot down by the Manila RTC, saying that his differing medical conditions were deemed as incongruous and non-acceptable.
The Manila-born Puentevella was a member of the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010, before being elected as mayor of Bacolod City in 2013. He is one of the numerous Filipino politicians who have been accused of misuse and stealing large sums of money from the country.