The Office of the President stopped Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas from implementing an alleged “midnight resolution” involving the case of newly-elected 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Michael Romero.
Malacañang, in an order signed by Mildred Yovela Umali-Hermogenes, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, directed the Department of Justice not to implement the resolution that found ground for the filing of eight counts of qualified theft against Romero and Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI) vice president Edwin L. Jeremillo and chief finance officer Edwin Joseph G. Galvez.
Qualified theft is a non-bailable offense.
The three were accused of falsifying documents to stake a claim on the Manila Harbor Centre Terminal, which is operated by HCPI.
The complaint against Romero and his two officers was filed by the group of Reghis Romero 2nd, father of the newly-elected lawmaker.
Quezon City Assistant State Prosecutor Susan Dacanay had dismissed the qualified theft complaint against Romero and his two officers but Caparas issued a resolution on June 13, 2016 reversing Dacanay’s findings.
Romero appealed the resolution issued by Caparas at the Office of the President.
Caparas had been accused by the Filipino Alliance for Transparency and Empowerment (FATE) of issuing midnight resolutions, including the present case, which was signed 17 days before he steps down from office.
The ownership of HCPTI is being disputed by Michael and his father Reghis.