DOJ to elevate case vs GA's Delfin Lee to SC

Posted at 02/18/2013 6:37 PM | Updated as of 02/18/2013 6:37 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice will question before the Supreme Court the ruling of the Court of Appeals that downgraded the case against Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee to simple estafa. 

This after the CA cleared one of Lee's co-accused, GA documentation head Christina Sagun.

"My instruction is for the DOJ, through the Office of the Solicitor General, to elevate the matter to the Supreme Court," Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

De Lima's statement was in reaction to the resolution of the CA's special 10th division that rejected the OSG's appeal of its October ruling clearing Sagun for lack of evidence.

The CA dropped the case against Sagun, leaving only four names in the charge sheet. A syndicated estafa charge needs at least five people accused. 

The court's decision raises the changes that the charges against Lee and three others will be downgraded to "simple" estafa, a bailable offense.

Vice president Jejomar Binay says the government will exhaust legal remedies to appeal the court's decision.

"But if this report is accurate, then the decision is a grave injustice against the victims of Delfin Lee. We will not take this sitting down," he said. 

Lee is charged with allegedly using fake documents and ghost borrowers to obtain about P6 billion in housing loans.

Meanwhile, Lee's lawyer Willie Rivera says the recent developments could encourage his client to surface anytime soon.

"I would assume he will... The reason why we filed all these remedies is to show the court there's no syndicated estafa. And the recent ruling of the Makati RTC is it's just a civil case," Rivera told ANC.  - With ANC