Timeline: Delfin Lee and the Globe Asiatique 'scam'

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2014 07:44 PM | Updated as of Mar 08 2014 08:45 AM

Globe Asiatique founder Delfin Lee was finally arrested Thursday night after months of hiding. Here is the timeline on the case:

October 2010 - Several complaints of syndicated estafa are filed against Delfin Lee and 4 other officials of Globe Asiatique (GA) in connection with over P6-billion questionable Pag-IBIG Fund loans obtained by alleged "ghost" borrowers to purchase homes in the Xevera housing project in Mabalacat town, Pampanga.

August 10, 2011- The Department of Justice finds probable cause to file syndicated estafa charges before the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) against vs Delfin Lee (GA president), his son Dexter Lee (GA executive vice-president), Christina Salagan (GA accounting/finance department head), Christina Sagun (GA documentation department head), and Atty. Alex Alvarez (Pag-IBIG lawyer/head of foreclosure department).

August 26, 2011- Pasig RTC Branch 167 Judge Rolando Mislang issues a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the DOJ from filing criminal charges against Lee et al.

Another TRO is issued by Mislang, which, he later converts into a writ of preliminary injunction.

The Supreme Court asks Mislang to explain his decisions.

The DOJ decides to file the case before the Pampanga RTC instead.

May 22, 2012 – The Pampanga RTC issues arrest warrant vs Delfin Lee et al

Respondent Sagun questions this before the Court of Appeals.

October 5, 2012 - The Court of Appeals rules in favor of Sagun and recalls case, arrest warrant against her.

The number of respondents is down to 4, which does not qualify for syndicated estafa.

The DOJ elevates the case to the Supreme Court .

April 17, 2013- The Supreme Court hands down a TRO on the Court of Appeals ruling on Sagun.

Meanwhile, respondents Delfin Lee and Pag-IBIG lawyer Alvarez file a petition at the Court of Appeals to nullify their arrest warrants.

October 2013 - The CA rules in favor of Alvarez.

November 7, 2013- The CA rules in favor of Lee and orders Pampanga RTC to terminate the trial against him. The CA also orders the recall of the arrest warrant against Lee.

The DOJ files a motion for reconsideration but CA junks the petition.

January 2, 2014 - The DOJ files a petition for Certiorari at the Supreme Court questioning the decision of the CA. The case is still pending.

March 6, 2014 - Delfin Lee is arrested.