While the country is reeling from the effects of Super Typhoon Yolanda and all eyes are on the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government, a high profile case was surprisingly dismissed by the Court of Appeals recently.
Globe Asiatique President Delfin Lee and several others were cleared by the CA from syndicated estafa on technicality.
Lee, together with his son, Dexter, Accountant Cristina Salagan, and Pag-ibig lawyer, Alex Alvarez were all absloved by the said court citing that “ for a estafa to be commited by a synidcate, it has to be committed by a group of five persons or more”.
The decision was signed by Associate Justices Franchito Diamante, Agnes Reyes-Carpio and Melchor Sadang of the 15th Division.
For this reason, the appeals court ordered the authorities to stop at once the arrest of Lee and his cohorts.
It will be recalled that the group was charged with syndicated estafa following the questionable loans amounting to more than P7 billion and was approved by Pag-ibig to “ghost borrowers” of Globe Asiatique.
The CA ruling irked some quarters wondering why the said court came out with its decision while the country’s attention is fixed on relief and rehab of typhoon battered eastern visayas regions.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, however, said the warrants if arrest against Lee and his co-accused still stands claiming the CA is not final and excutory yet since the case can still be elevated to the Supreme Court.
Pag-ibig Chairman and housing czar Vice-President Jejomar Binay directed the Pag-ibig legal team to immediately file an appeal before the Supreme Court.
Why am I not surprise anymore with the CA’s ruling and the timing of its decision?
One wonders if money changed hands here? Youre guess is as good as mine.
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Kalibo International Airport, the worst airport in the world
On my years going around in almost all parts of the world as a journalist and have taken hundeds of flights, never have I seen a very ugly, and probably the worst ever, airport on this planet.
And it is not just an ordinary airport for donestic flights but it is an international airport as well.
I peronally witness what the domestic and international passengers of Kalibo International Airport in Kalibo,Aklan have to endure or go through to be able to make it to their flights.
Upon entering the terminal building, one has to go through the long queue at the check-in counters.
If you think the hellish experience of the passegers end at the check- in counter, think again.
Checked-in passengers have to squeeeze themselves in a pre-departure area that has no airconditioning unit and was built to accomodate 50 or so passengers only not counting yet those going abroad.
I was inside the Kalibo International Airport Sunday night and counted there were more than 400 passengers inside the pre-departure area waiting for two domestic flights for Manila and two international flights for Shanghai and Xiamen in China.
But what really caught my attention was the long line of passengers both for domestic and international travel at the only restroom for women.
The said comfort room has only one toilet bowl therefore it can only accomodate one person at a time.
Susmio…how in the hell that facility became an international airport???
Paging Transportstion Sec. Emilio Abaya Jr.!!!