• SC rejects Delfin Lee petition

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    THE Supreme Court junked the plea of detained Globe Asiatique founder Delfin Lee to hear his case through debates.

    In a two-page resolution dated April 22, 2014, the SC en banc denied the plea of Lee’s camp to set the case for oral arguments for lack of merit.

    “The Court Resolved to Deny for lack of merit the Extremely Urgent Motion for Oral Argument and Manifestation dated April 14, 2014 filed by counsel for respondents in all petitions,” the ruling states.

    The high court also ruled to “Deny likewise for lack of merit the motion dated April 15, 2014 filed by counsel for respondent Delfin S. Lee in GR Nos. 208744 and 210095, praying that said cases be set for oral arguments.”

    The resolution was signed and promulgated by Atty. Enriqueta Vidal, clerk of court of the SC en banc.

    The cases involving Lee and his co-accused are pending before the high court and shall be resolved on their merits.

    He has asked the SC to turn down the petitions filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), also known as the Pag-IBIG Fund, seeking to junk the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that quashed the warrant of arrest against him.

    Lee, who is facing syndicated estafa charges, argued that the petitions of Pag-IBIG and the DOJ should be dismissed for “utter lack of merit” and added that the CA ruling, dated November 7, 2013, should be ordered implemented by the high tribunal.

    He said, even if DOJ and Pag-IBIG should file a motion for reconsideration, the CA ruling should be implemented.

    Lee also urged the high court to direct the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to cease and desist from implementing the hold departure order (HDO) handed down against him by the Pampanga trial court hearing the case.

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