MANILA, Philippines – The children of the late Jose Basa on Wednesday said the statements of Chief Justice Renato Corona against their father are false.
In a statement read by Carmen Basa, she said the family is seeking closure after fighting for ownership of the Basa Guidote Enterprises Inc. in 30 years.
Carmen said that contrary to the chief justice’s claim, their father was never unemployed.
“Our father was never unemployed. He was an agricultural entrepreneur and farmer and was even agricultural consultant to the Philippine military,” she said.
She said that because of their father’s passion for farming and agriculture, their grandmother, Lola Charing, gave him the Libis property after he graduated with a degree in animal husbandry from the University of California Davis.
She said her father developed the property into a farm, raising poultry, pigs and fish. She said her father paid back the value of the property to her lola, which was P25,000.
“Contrary to Chief Justice Corona’s statement, the property was never in Asuncion Roco’s name,” she said.
She said their father was an honorable man who believed strongly in the justice system.
“Our father suffered so much from the stress and anxiety brought about by these problems during the last 20 years of his life and sadly, he did not see justice…To hear the Chief Justice malign him and his name yesterday was one of the most painful moments of our lives,” she said.
She also noted that the libel cases filed against their father and the other owners of BGEI including Sis. Flor Basa “were unfair, unjust and pursued due to the power wielded by CJ Corona and his wife Cristina.”
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