MANILA, Philippines - Embattled property developer Delfin Lee was brought to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday for the preliminary investigation of another two batches of syndicated estafa cases against him in connection with the alleged "double sale" of housing units at Globe Asiatique's (GA) Xevera Housing Project in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
Lee was escorted by personnel of the Pampanga Provincial Jail where he is currently detained for a separate syndicated estafa case pending before a Pampanga trial court, also for the allegedly anomalous Xevera project.
The complaints heard by the DOJ on Monday consisted of two separate batches -- one consisting of 20 complainants, the other, with 7 complainants, according to Senior State Prosecutor Emilia Victorio.
The DOJ junked Lee's plea to suspend the proceedings, which means that the cases will proceed to be heard.
Meanwhile, Lee's plea for extension of time to file his counter-affidavits was granted. He has up to July 7 to submit the same.
The complaints are now undergoing preliminary investigation following a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) Second Division in March which halted an order by Pasig City Regional Trial Court Branch 167 Judge Rolando Mislang, dated April 10, 2013, which enjoined the DOJ from hearing the complaints.