Ongpin asked to appear in preliminary investigation hearing

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2014 04:36 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2014 12:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Business tycoon and former Trade Minister Roberto Ongpin has been summoned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appear in the next preliminary investigation hearing into serious illegal detention, grave coercion, and robbery charges filed against him by a former employee.

Ongpin was directed to appear before the panel of prosecutors handling the complaint on September 9, and submit his counter-affidavit.

His former employee, Eduveges Batalan, filed the complaint against Ongpin and several others, claiming that he was abducted and held against his will, upon Ongpin's orders. Batalan said he was brought to the businessman's Balesin Island resort from February 4 to 7 this year.

Earlier, Ongpin's lawyer Rodolfo Ponferrada, meanwhile, denied the charges as false, erroneous and "contrived accusations of a disgruntled employee."