THE Quezon City prosecutor’s office yesterday junked the estafa case filed by former beauty queen and actress Precious Lara Quigaman and four others against four officers of a corporation for lack of probable cause.
Besides Quigaman the other complainants include Denille Lou Valmonte, Karen Loren Ostrea, Maria Lourdes Valera and Deogracias Savellano all members of Turismo Pilipina Charities Inc.
The complainants claimed that the respondents represented by Elfleda Ygona of E.A. Ygona Corp. committed fraud after they failed to deliver a P2-million two- story house and lot located at Villa Generosa, Tarlac as grand prize for the raffle of the Turismo Pilipinas 2008 held at camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The other respondents of the estafa case are Edgar Allan Ygona, Mario Molino, Melecio Serrano and Fulgencio Serrano.
In exchange, a presenter’s package worth P750, 000 will be given by Turismo Pilipino to the corporation.
Included in the package were inclusion of the corporation in the souvenir program and an extensive media exposure during the promotion of the pageant.
The complainants claimed the agreement was sealed by a letter agreement dated October 3, 2008.
Respondent Edgar Allan Ygona presented a symbolic title and key of the house and lot to the winner Sherlee Sustiguer.
However, the respondents failed to deliver the prize prompting Sustiguer to send a demand letter dated January 22, 2008 asking that the house and lot with land title and tax declaration be given to her not later that February 8, 2011.
In a four-page resolution, Assistant City Prosecutor Perfecto Lawrence Chua Cheng said that while the first, the third and fourth elements of the crime of estafa were present it appeared that the false pretense was made prior to the commission of fraud.
He said the complainant had no doubt that respondents could deliver the prize adding that the reservation only surfaced after the beauty pageant.
The liability of the respondents under the circumstance is only civil in nature for a specific performance.
“With respect to the respondents allegation respecting the falsity or spuriousness of the letter agreement dated October 3, 2008 the undersigned suggests that the same best be the subject matter of another complaint,’’ the resolution stated.