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Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday hailed the Court of Appeals (CA) decision allowing the filing of syndicated estafa charges against businessman Delfin Lee and other executives of housing firm Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp.

Binay, the government’s housing czar, called the decision a “welcome development.”

“Now we can finally continue our quest to seek justice for the ordinary workers defrauded by Globe Asiatique,” he said.

In a statement, Binay, also chairman of the state-run Home Mutual Development Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund), said the decision “proves that Judge Rolando Mislang erred in issuing a temporary restraining order, which effectively blocked the filing of charges against Lee.”

“I laud the Court of Appeals for not allowing one person to stand in the way of justice for the thousands victimized by Globe Asiatique and the fulfillment of President Aquino’s promise to end corruption. It is a campaign that we are pursuing vigorously in the housing sector,” Binay said.

The Court of Appeals struck down the order of the Pasig court which blocked the criminal prosecution of Lee, owner of Globe Asiatique, in connection with P6.65 billion in allegedly fraudulent housing loans obtained from Pag-Ibig.

In green-lighting Lee’s indictment, the appellate court said Judge Mislang committed a grave abuse of discretion when he issued an injunction on Sept. 5, 2011, stopping the Department of Justice (DOJ) from filing a case against Lee and others for syndicated estafa.

“To reiterate, an injunction will not lie to enjoin a criminal prosecution because public interest requires that criminal acts be immediately investigated and protected for the protection of society,” the court said in a 27-page ruling.

“It is only in extreme case that an injunction will lie to stop criminal prosecution,” it said.

The ruling was penned by Associate Justice Franchito Diamante and concurred in by Associate Justices Mariflor Castillo and Edwin Sorongon.

In issuing the injunction, Mislang had agreed with Lee that an existing “prejudicial question” must first be resolved before the DOJ could pursue the criminal complaint against Lee.

The prejudicial question involved the civil suit that Lee’s company had filed against Pag-Ibig on Nov. 15, 2010, in the Makati City RTC.

But the appellate court said that “a thorough and judicious study of the attendant factual and legal milieu” showed that “no prejudicial question exists that would justify the issuance” of the stay order.

It said Lee’s criminal cases in the DOJ “can proceed independently of that in the Makati RTC.”

Aside from Lee, the DOJ Task Force on Securities and Business Scams had recommended the filing of a nonbailable case of syndicated estafa against Lee’s son Dexter, Globe Asiatique officers Christina Sagun and Cristina Salagan and Pag-Ibig Fund official Alex Alvarez.

The DOJ also referred to the Office of the Ombudsman for “appropriate investigation” complaints against former Pag-Ibig Fund executive and now Marikina City Rep. Romero Quimbo, Jaime Fabian, Tessie Gonzales, Rafael Albano and Vilma Flores for possible violation of the antigraft law.

The case stemmed from the purported anomalous loans amounting to more than P6.65 billion granted by Pag-Ibig to “ghosts borrowers” who had allegedly bought homes in Globe Asiatique’s housing projects in Pampanga. With a report from Marlon Ramos


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Tags: Court of Appeals , Delfin Lee , Globe Asiatique , Housing , Jejomar Binay , Judiciary , syndicated estafa


  • jiroarturo

    Diba kasali rin si Noli De Castro sa anomalyang ito?

    • el_latigo

      Apparently! Remember the newsreports while he is still VP  and housing czar,  he midnitely approved a payment to Delfin Lee altho he knows very well that Lee is already being suspected of swindling the gov’t of billions of pesos in dubious loans to inexistent or bogus borrowers. Guess the main reason why he went back immediately to his old job as a newscaster to prime-time ABS-CBN’s Tibeeey Patrol! Guess also how he was able to amass hundreds of hectares of soon-to-be prime lands somewhere in Tungkong Mangga, Bulacan. But your guess is as good as mine jiro…

      The Ombudsman should also include in the investigations Judge Rolando Mislang on what basis did he issue his TRO to block the charges against Lee despite the overwhelming evidences. In short, magkano rin?

      • jiroarturo

        Isa pang mapagsamantala yan si Noli. Akala ko matino. Yon pala mangdarabong din

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        el_latigo wrote, in response to jiroarturo:
        Apparently! Remember the newsreports while he is still VP  and housing czar,  he midnitely approved a payment to Delfin Lee altho he knows very well that Lee is already being suspected of swindling the gov’t of billions of pesos in dubious loans to inexistent or bogus borrowers. Guess the main reason why he went back immediately to his old job as a newscaster to prime-time ABS-CBN’s Tibeeey Patrol! Guess also how he was able to amass hundreds of hectares of soon-to-be prime lands somewhere in Tungkong Mangga, Bulacan. But your guess is as good as mine jiro… Link to comment

  • Tatak_Nakaw_Arroyo

    Dumiskarte agad si Ulikbang bansot. Magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw.

    • el_latigo

       Napansin mo rin pala yon Tatak… Kudos!

    • walangdiyos

      tangna mo ka…sya ang head ng Pag-ibig ngayon e alangan naman si Quimbot mo ang pumapel. tanungin mo si Quimbot mo kung saan dinala ang bribe money sa kanya. gusto mo yatang mabalisong ih. GaG0

  • $23257130

    ikulong na yan, isama ang palakang anak na si divine lee. yung ninakaw ng tatay pinangbili ng kung anu anung designer goods e mukhang palaka pa din. pweeeeeehhhh!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    The DOJ also referred to the Office of the Ombudsman for “appropriate
    investigation” complaints against former Pag-Ibig Fund executive and now
    Marikina City Rep. Romero Quimbo.

    Mananagot ba si Quimbo o pagtatakpan ng administrasyong ito dahil kasali siya sa Prosecution?
    Dito malalman kung ang hustisya sa administrasyon ay walang kinikilingan o ginagamit lamang sa pagsulong ng personal na interest.
    DOJ, nasa kamay ninyo ang bola.
    Binabantayan kayo ng taongbayan kung anong klaseng hustisya ang gagampanan ninyo.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

      itaya ko bayag ni notpa kung meron man..d nya ipaiimbistiga or poprotektahan nya yang si quimbot n yan

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melchor-Sonza/100002356861753 Melchor Sonza

         bakit di bayag mo ipusta mo!!cguro wala kang yagbols kya bayag ng iba pinag iinitan mo,,cguro transit ka!!hahaha

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

        tama ka Jay Tiongco, wala ako bayag

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCEUSKKXRXXVWN6VMBRY7F43ZU Mangku Kulam

    Judge Rolando Mislang should be investigated and charged by the Doj, Im sure mislang received large amount of money in favoring Delfin Lee “aka” Don Estafador of the Philippines…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melchor-Sonza/100002356861753 Melchor Sonza

    bawi agad c binay!!bka front lng yan,,mahilig sa confidentiality yang punggok na yan,,bka pag sya maging presidente acquited lht na nakakulong na magnanakaw sa gobyerno,,,WA epek !!trabaho mo yan binay gampanan mo,,pero ibang usapan yung ginagawa mong pag protekta sa mga corrupt na kagaya mo,,,USELESS,,,,

  • EdgarEdgar

    If there’s anyone who fits the bill, Quimbo is the posterboy for our country’s culture of impunity. I hope the office of the ombudsman will finally do something about this scum and put hm way for good. After all, Quimbo’s already had his 15 minutes of fame. Now, it’s time for justice. Who knows, he might even get a little pabahay inside Bilibid.

    • TGM_ERICK

      Hahaha!

  • kilabot

    kaya pala tahimik ngayon ang laging madaldal na quimbo. mukhang nag-overtime pagsipsip kay noynoy kapon para ma-kkk man lang.

  • Kuya_Orot

    Kaya todo sipsip si Miro Quimbo kay Budoy dahil merong pinagtatakpan Isunod na sina Tupas at ang kanyang corrupt na ama. 

  • Josef Paul

    VP Binay. Everybody knows what you had in mind before which leaked in the media. You wanted to have Mr. Delfin Lee’s daughter Divine in exchange for the case against him. But this is too much to ask. Stop politicking. You’ve been doing that as early as now. Ayusin mo muna yung mga kalokohan ng mga tao mo sa Republic of Makati like catching the jaywalkers and along Buendia across The Columns and asking them to pay 200 pesos. The sad part is, there was no visible sign of No Jaywalking unlike in Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong. Worst, when people in Makati are the ones apprehended, they were allowed to go scot-free. Video on this will come out soon at No To Binay For President Fan page. It’s open to public and anyone can join.

    • piusa

      These jaywalking fees of 200 pesos are insignificant compared to billions of pesos  involved in the Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp case. When they are found guilty all of them should get life imprisonment and their properties confiscated by the government, so that never again will they be able do dastardly acts towards their fellow human beings.

  • Rathbumo

    Mabuti naman at isinaman ng DoJ na maisama sa iimbestigahan ng Ombudsman itong si Cong. Miro Quimbo. Walanhiya ang taong ito. Siya ang nag-approve ng loan ni Delfin Lee from the Pag-ibig fund, na yun pala ay fraudulent housing loan. Kaya nga itong si Quimbo ay bumalimbing kaagad nang mawala sa poder si GMA. Batang-sarado ito ni GMA kaya nga ginawa siyang opisyal sa Pag-ibig. Yari nga ngayon Quimbo.



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