Amid lawyer's objections, Lee brought to Pampanga court


Posted at Mar 14 2014 02:29 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2014 01:08 AM

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MANILA – The lawyer of embattled Globe Asiatique (GA) owner Delfin Lee said the move to bring his client to a proceeding at the Pampanga Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Friday is "highly un-procedural and irregular."

Lawyer Willie Rivera said bringing his client to the court is wrong as there are still issues involving Lee's case that have yet to be resolved by the Supreme Court.

"There are still issues that should be resolved because the dismissal of the case of Atty. Alex Alvarez, Christina Sagun, and Delfin Lee had not yet been resolved by the higher court so technically, there is no syndicated estafa and there should be no proceedings yet, unless the SC would have resolved such issues," Rivera told ANC.

Alvarez and Sagun are Lee's co-accused in the syndicated estafa case involving the P6.6 billion Pag-IBIG housing scam.

Rivera explained that there is no need for his client to be brought to the court because the hearing today will supposedly deal only with several pending motions, such as the motion for inhibition against Pampanga RTC Branch 42 Judge Amifaith Reyes.

"Actually I cannot understand, I've been trying to coordinate with the warden yesterday and the order last Monday clearly states that the hearing will only be with respect to the said motions," he said.

On Wednesday, the SC issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on a Court of Appeals decision quashing the arrest warrant issued by Pampanga RTC against Lee.

SC spokesman Theodore Te said the TRO will be effective Wednesday "continuing until further orders from the court."

The CA decision back in November 7 was used as basis for Lee’s lawyers to question the arrest of Lee last Thursday (March 6).

As a result, the camp of Lee sought a writ of habeas corpus before the appellate court. The CA subsequently asked the police to bring to court Lee on Wednesday morning.

The CA on Thursday junked Lee's habeas corpus petition, citing the SC ruling.

Prior to his arrest, Lee was one of five most wanted persons by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. He is facing syndicated estafa charges in connection with the P6.6 billion Pag-IBIG housing scam.