SC stops CA ruling clearing Delfin Lee’s co-accused

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


AN ALLEGED conspirator of businessman Delfin Lee in the P6.6-billion housing loan scam will remain as an accused in the syndicated estafa case.

This developed after the Supreme Court (SC) Third Division issued on Wednesday a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the October 3, 2013 decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) that quashed the arrest warrant issued by a Pampanga judge against Alex Alvarez, former foreclosure manager of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund or HDMF).

The SC also consolidated Alvarez's case with the government petition seeking to overturn another CA ruling that cleared Lee of the non-bailable offense, whose implementation was blocked by the High Court last week.

Alvarez was included in the charge sheet by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because he notarized the documents alleged to have been executed by fake buyers of housing units owned by Lee's Globe Asiatique in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

But the CA said his mere of act of notarizing the documents is not enough to charge him "absent clear indications or links" that he "has knowledge of the alleged crime and willingly and willfully participates in the commission of that crime."

Lee's son Dexter, GA accounting department head Cristina Salagan and former GA documentation chief Cristina Sagun are the other accused in the case pending before the Pampanga Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 42.

Lee, who was arrested by the police on March 6, is currently detained at the Pampanga Provincial Jail. (Sunnex)

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