AFTER pleading not guilty before the Leyte court, Legacy group founder Celso de los Angeles is awaiting the decision on whether or not he will be allowed to be transferred back to a Quezon City hospital for his throat cancer treatment.

The attending physician of the alleged scam mastermind argued there is still one more operation de los Angeles needs to undergo that the hospital in Ormoc cannot provide.

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But the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) who initiated the complaint against de los Angeles believes that the Legacy owner should stay in Ormoc, Leyte.

“We believe he hasn't sufficiently shown that he should be taken out of Leyte and specifically at the Cathedral Heights again. There are also hospitals in Leyte,” Elmar Galacio, counsel for BSP, told Sun.Star.

The complaint filed by BSP involves over P480 million funds deposited to the Rural Bank of Kananga, later known as the First Interstate Bank in Leyte.

“He pleaded not guilty. Though we wanted an earlier date for pre-trial considering his claimed failing health but surprisingly, he wanted a longer period so he could look for another lawyer,” Galacio added.

De los Angeles was arrested last week at the Cathedral Heights, a condominium within the St. Luke's Medical Center's compound after the Ormoc Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued the arrest warrant for the multiple non-bailable plunder and syndicated estafa charges he is facing.

After staying in Camp Caringal, the 58-year-old de los Angeles was transferred by the police to an Ormoc city jail.

On August 20, the scam mastermind was brought to Ormoc Sugar Planters Association-Farmer's Medical Center (Ospa-FMC) after Regional Trial Court Branch 12 Judge Clinton Nuevo granted his motion to be confined in a hospital because medical personnel needed to suction to clear the tube attached to his throat.

The Ormoc Regional Trial Court has scheduled the pre-trial conference of on de los Angeles's case on October 8.

Separate orders from the courts in General Santos City and Cagayan de Oro City earlier allowed de los Angeles to stay in a hospital after being diagnosed with throat cancer stage four.

The Legacy owner faces a string of estafa cases for defrauding depositors in 13 rural banks across the country. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)