DOJ to pursue case vs Globe Asiatique’s Delfin Lee, 4 others



MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) is bent on pursuing the syndicated estafa case against realty firm Globe Asiatique (GA) owner Delfin Lee and four others, which the Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday.

The dropping of GA documentation department head Christina Sagun from the syndicated estafa case was “not yet final and executory,’’ De Lima said.

She said the DOJ would “fight to sustain the syndicated estafa case in its entirety, including (charging) Sagun.’’

“We will not settle for anything less than [a] syndicated estafa [charge],’’ she added.

Speaking to reporters, De Lima said the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) had yet to receive a copy of the Feb. 11 decision of the appellate court’s Tenth Division dismissing the syndicated estafa case against Lee, Sagun, Lee’s son Dexter, GA executive Cristina Salangan and Pag-Ibig lawyer Alex Alvarez.

They were accused of using fake documents and ghost borrowers to obtain more than P7 billion in loans from the government Pag-IBIG Fund for GA housing projects in Pampanga. GA buyers found there were multiple owners of their units in some cases, while in others, loans were taken out in the name of persons who had no idea their names were used.

De Lima said that upon receiving a copy of the CA decision, the DOJ, through the OSG, would file the “appropriate’’ petition in the Supreme Court.

”…(A)nd as for as long as the DOJ through the OSG files the appropriate petition in the high court, the Court of Appeal’s decision is not yet final and executory,’’ De Lima said.

She said she could not understand why Sagun was dropped from the syndicated estafa case. The Court of Appeals said it had found her functions in the real estate company to be simply ministerial.

De Lima said she had read the state prosecutors’ resolution recommending the filing of a syndicated estafa case against Lee and the others and “there was enough basis to include Sagun’’ in the charge.

But with the dropping of Sagun from the case, the syndicated estafa case was also dismissed against Lee and the three others since the law provides that a syndicated estafa complaint could only be filed against a group of at least five accused.

De Lima said she had asked the state prosecutors to study the “consequences’’ of the Supreme Court’s affirming the appellate court’s decision and the remedies available to the DOJ.

“Because we want the charge of syndicated estafa to stick, to remain because it’s a non-bailable offense,’’ she said. With the dismissal of the syndicated estafa case, Lee and the others may be charged only with simple estafa or fraud for which the bail may be posted.

De Lima, meanwhile, said the search for Lee and the rest of the “Big Five’’ wanted fugitives had gone cold.

Aside from Lee, fugitives that continue to evade capture are retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, ex-Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, and former Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr.

De Lima said teams from the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation continued to hunt for them but there has been no recent significant developments in their search.

“Ang gagaling nila magtago (They’re very good at hiding),’’ she said.

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  • Rosauro

    Akala ko kasama si Rep. Quimbo sa Globe Asiatique case? Namagic na, nawala na ngalan niya sa kaso?

  • RyanE

    “Ang gagaling nila magtago (They’re very good at hiding),’’ she said. 

    On the contrary, I guess it’s the authorities that lack the competence and do not know how and where to find the fugitives.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Justice for each class of the population. Justice for the elite, justice for the middle class, and justice for the poor. Where would you belong?

  • boybakal

    DOJ to pursue case vs Globe Asiatique’s Delfin Lee, 4 others…

    Bakit ang kinakasuhan Globe Asiatique….Nandoon naman ang mga homes na pinagawa, subdivisions, ang gaganda pa nga.
    What is wrong in Dummy homeowners for the purpose of building homes. Di naman itinakbo ang pera kundi ipinagawa ng magagandang bahay.

    Ang dapat kasuhan mga PagIbig Officials…they are negligent in giving loans without checking the necessary papers.
    They are the ones who check and examine documents.

    Yon perang na loan nasa home investments….kitang kita naman.

    • 33Sambuang2

      magkano binayad sa yo ni delfin lee? ugok

      • boybakal

        Mas lalo kang UGOK….Kaya di umaasenso ang Pilipinas dahil sa mga katulad mong Dumi ang laman ng isip….laging nagiisip ng masama ka kapwa.
        Di ka lang UGOK…Kampon ka pa ni SATANAS….Demonyo kang Ugok ka.
        Matigpol ka na sana pati pamilya mo….salot ka sa mundo.

      • boybakal

         Tang na mong Bayot kang PISOT, SUPOT ka pang Bisaya ka.

  • Guest

    01. Why not include Miro Quimbo? Sabi ni PNoy ito na raw ang panahon ng Daang Matuwid.

    02. The P7 billion loan from Pag-ibig would not have been granted without the approval of then Pag-ibig Fund President and CEO Miro Quimbo. P7 billion is a big amount and requires the highest approval. Posturang postura pa nga si Quimbo sa article na ito.

    ==> miroquimbo,com/wp-content/themes/miroquimbo/MiroQuimbo.pdf

    03. How close was Miro Quimbo to Globe Asiatique scammer Delfin Lee? In fact, they’re so chummy that Miro Quimbo even appeared in Globe Asiatique’s unveiling of its scam.

    ==> youtube,com/watch?v=AjjJmYE-dF0

    04. Why is Miro Quimbo off the hook? Because Miro served his president well. He was the brains behind the black propaganda against Corona and Corona’s wife and daughters. He is now the spokesperson for LP’s 2013 campaign. Despite DOJ’s recommendation for charges to be filed against him in 2011, the Ombudsman Morales sat on the case.

    ==> abs-cbnnews,com/business/08/24/11/doj-indicts-globe-asiatique-syndicated-estafa

    ==> abs-cbnnews,com/global-filipino/06/14/12/pag-ibig-ceo-hits-non-arrest-delfin-lee

    05. Daang Matuwid started out as a promising slogan. But today, it is just one among many slogans that has been reduced to kampi-kampihan politics. Courtesy of the administration and PNoy.

  • Socorro

    What is this DOJ, pambawi ng credibility after the Atimonan incident and Amalilio failure? Gagamit na namn kayo ng lumang kaso and will again stir anger and play with the people’s emotions? 

  • Fred

    Bakit sinabi ni De Lima na ang search sa big five wanted fugitives had gone cold?
    She with a big mouth insulting police and NBI.

  • Verlito

    PAG-IBIG is only good in pursuing aggressively loan delinquency cases of ordinary small member borrowers but not for big cases such as that of Globe Asiatique. The PAG-IBIG fund President and CEO who was involved in approving Globe Asiatique transactions must also be prosecuted along with former VP Noli de Castro, to shed lights on what happen. 

  • wakats

    “Ang gagaling nila magtago” Sec. de lima.

    Ang tatanga nilang mag file ng kaso.  Why did the DOJ limit the number of the accused to only five in August 2011? Is she not aware that a syndicated estafa case must be filed against five or more, otherwise it won’t be a syndicate anymore?

    Bakit lagi na lang natatalo sa kaso ang gobyerno?

  • Charles Lynel F. Joven

    sue Miro Quimbo too, and Noli De Castro…for allowing Globe Asiatique to get loans from Pag Ibig…!

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