Delfin Lee wants SC to lift TRO

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2014 10:22 AM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 04:15 AM

MANILA - The camp of embattled property developer Delfin Lee will urge the Supreme Court (SC) today to junk the petitions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Pag-Ibig Fund challenging the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that quashed the warrant for his arrest on charges of syndicated estafa.

Lee's lawyers will file a motion for the immediate resolution of the petitions, which also prays for the immediate execution of the appellate court's assailed Nov 7, 2013 decision.

The CA ruling also ordered a Pampanga trial court to halt its proceedings against Lee.

Lee's camp insists the petitions should be dismissed "for lack of merit," and will ask the SC to lift the temporary restraining order (SC) issued last week by the high court's Third Division against the CA ruling.

Atty Emmanuel Pichay, a member of Lee's legal team, told ABS-CBN News that the TRO, dated March 12, 2014, "effectively suspended Lee's constitutional right to liberty."

Lee, founder and president of Globe Asiatique (GA), his son, Dexter, and 3 others were slapped with the non-bailable offense, stemming from P6.6 billion in questionable loans obtained by alleged "ghost" borrowers of GA's Xevera Housing Project in Mabalacat, Pampanga.