Cateel mayor, pal charged with estafa-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
MAYOR Camilo Nuñez of Cateel, Davao Oriental, and his representative are facing estafa charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 14 for not returning P250,000 to a friend last year.
Prosecutor Marte Melchor Velasco found probable cause to charge Nuñez and Isaias Lasquite, mining operations manager of Davao Oriental Ka-agan Economic Association, Inc. (Dokea) based on the complaint filed by Orensi Peñanueva.
Velasco, in his three-page resolution dated June 25, said the complainant and Nuñez were already talking about entering a partnership in a copper mining operation in Lupon, Davao Oriental last May 5, 2012.
The respondents allegedly urged Peñanueva to invest P250,000 as additional capital for the mining operation and at the same time form the partnership.
Peñanueva was convinced thus, he gave the amount along with a notarized receipt issued by lawyer Angela Patricia Espejo-Biag, but after a few weeks, no formal partnership was established.
He said he noticed that no copper was being mined and sold. The complainant added that he kept going to Cateel to personally demand for the return of his money from Nuñez yet the latter kept on telling him to wait.
Peñanueva then sought for legal assistance from Cariaga Law Office that sent two demand letters to the respondents dated August 4 and October 11.
Lasquite, in their defense, said while there was no formal agreement on the said partnership, there was a verbal agreement. He added that the P250,000 was not misappropriated as it was used in the purchase of fuel, heavy equipment, a generator set, a jackhammer, salary and food for 20 workers; however, the complainant insisted that his money be returned to him.
Velasco said the respondents should return the said amount as no partnership was ever forged between them and the complainant.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 08, 2013.