Aquino office orders stay of filing of theft cases vs Romero, et al.
THE Office of the President stopped the Department of Justice (DOJ) from implementing its June 13 resolution ordering the filing of eight counts of qualified theft against businessman and newly-elected 1-Pacman Representative Michael “Mikee” Romero and two others.
In a two-page order dated June 15, 2016 signed by Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Mildred Yovela S. Umali-Hermogenes, the Office of the President ordered acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas to cease and desist from implementing the resolution while the appeal before the OP is pending.
“The execution of the resolution subject of this appeal is hereby stayed during the pendency of the appeal unless otherwise directed by this Office,” the Palace order stated.
Romero, through Atty. Norman Golez, filed a manifestation with the DOJ asking not to push through with the release and implementation of the resolution following the filing of a notice of appeal with the OP.
The DOJ ordered the indictment of Romero, Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Edwin Jeremillo and Chief Finance Officer Edwin Joseph Galvez.
The stay order was already received by Caparas’ office on Thursday.
The OP also ordered respondents-appellants Romero, Jeremillo and Galvez to file their Appeal Memorandum within a period of 30 days.
The OP also ordered complainant-appellee HCPTI group which is represented by lawyer Jerome Canlas to submit his comment within 15 days from receipt of respondents-appellants appeal memorandum, otherwise the appeal shall be resolved on the basis of available records.
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