Divine Lee not part of Globe Asiatique, lawyer says

by Ria de Fiesta, ABS-CBNNews.com

Posted at Apr 03 2014 12:42 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2016 11:27 AM

MANILA – Socialite Divine Lee has nothing to do with Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corporation, where her father Delfin Lee is company president, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Atty. Willie Rivera said the younger Lee is in charge of the upkeep of the common area of condo owners belonging to the GA Condo Association, a homeowners group not part of the real estate development company.

Rivera claimed that people who filed a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against Divine Lee have yet to pay their arrears.

"Hindi sila nagbabayad. Marami silang penalties," Rivera said.

He said GA sent notices to vacate to some homeowners because of their obligations.

The problem, he said, is they do not want to vacate their homes and would want to "stay there for free".

The proper remedy, he said, is for them to pay, or to go to the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

"Why is the GA being singled out? It's because of political propaganda," Rivera claimed.

The complainants -- Beth Clapano, Christela Villavicencio, Lydia Domingo, and 2 other women – included in their complaint Globe Asiatique documents such as the company's copy of certificate of incorporation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In the document, Divine Lee is listed as the chief executive officer of Globe Asiatique, while her father, the now-detained Delfin Lee is company president. It also listed Dexter Lee as the company's chief of staff.

The complainants said they are victims of a "double sale." They were told that their ownership of units at the GA Tower Condominium 2 worth P1 million to P1.8 million each have been cancelled and are now owned by other people.

The 5 women are accusing the Lees of syndicated estafa.

Divine's father Delfin was arrested last month after years in hiding.

A syndicated estafa case was filed against Delfin Lee and several others after GA was found to have used "ghost borrowers" and fake documents to obtain over P6.5 billion in loans from Pag-IBIG for its Xevera housing project.

His daughter Divine denied in 2012 that she was involved in the GA housing scam case.

“Ako kasi, since hindi naman ako parte ng kaso, at sabi nila, ‘Wala ka namang alam, you shouldn’t be… you can’t divulge anything, kasi wala ka namang alam,’” she said in an interview with the Philippine Entertainment Portal. - with a report from Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News