SC urged to sack judge behind Asiatique injunction

Posted at 09/08/2011 4:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Francis Pangilinan wants the Supreme Court to sack a regional trial court judge who stopped the Justice Department from pursuing a criminal case against Delfin Lee of housing developer Globe Asiatique for its housing loan mess with state housing firm Pag-IBIG.

Pangilinan said Pasig regional trial court judge Rolando Mislang disrespected the Supreme Court by issuing a temporary restraining order. "Para bang sinasabi niya sa Supreme Court, wala akong pakialam sa utos ninyo," he told reporters.

"Kahit na freshman law student alam na kinakailangang bigyan ng respeto ng lower court ang Korte Suprema," he added.

Pangilinan said what Mislang did was an "open defiance" of the High Tribunal. "He should be fired. He should be axed," Pangilinan said.

The senator added that the Supreme Court should also look into Mislang's possible criminal liability.

Mislang earlier issued a preliminary injunction, stopping the Department of Justice (DOJ) from pursuing a criminal case against Delfin Lee, owner of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp. (GA).

This is in spite of the Supreme Court's Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) order directing him to explain his issuance of a temporary restraining order on the filing of syndicated estafa charges by the DOJ against Lee, his son Dexter, and 3 others in connection with the P6.65 billion in loans taken by GA's alleged ghost and special buyers from Pag-IBIG Fund, questions raised by the DOJ on such issuance, and an administrative complaint filed today against him before the OCA by Pag-IBIG.