MANILA - Detained property developer Delfin Lee urged the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to junk the petitions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), also known as the Pag-IBIG Fund, that sought a reversal of a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that quashed his warrant of arrest on syndicated estafa charges.
In a 76-page motion, Lee, founder and president of Globe Asiatique, said the petitions of Pag-IBIG and the DOJ should be dismissed for "utter lack of merit."
The CA ruling, dated Nov. 7, 2013, should be ordered implemented by the high court, Lee said, even if DOJ and Pag-IBIG should file a motion for reconsideration.
"[W]hile petitioners people and HDMF would file a motion for reconsideration of the dismissal of the instant petition, respondent (Lee) respectfully prays that the recall, quashal, and lifting of the warrant of arrest against Him by the Court of Appeals... be immediately implemented and that an order be issued that is effective immediately, restraining/enjoining the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP)-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), and all law enforcement officers and agencies, to immediately cease and desist from implementing warrants of arrest or any alias warrant of arrest issued in Criminal Case No. 18480..." the motion read.
Lee also urged the high court to direct the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to cease and desist from implementing the hold departure order (HDO) handed down against him by the Pampanga trial court hearing the case.
Lee insists that there is no probable cause against him for syndicated estafa.
Lee also accused the DOJ and Pag-IBIG of forum-shopping for both questioning the assailed CA ruling before the SC.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima hit back by saying petitioners could not be accused of forum shopping since there is only one venue for both petitions -- the Supreme Court.