MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay said one of the complainants in the case filed against real estate businessman Delfin Lee in connection with the allegedly spurious loan transactions of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp. has been receiving death threats.
Binay said Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) Deputy CEO Emma Linda Faria, one of the complainants against Lee's Globe Asiatique, told him she has been receiving death threats every time a progress against the real estate company is reached.
Pag-IBIG charged Lee with estafa for alleged fraudulent use of billions of pesos worth of housing loans from the government agency.
The government agency accused Globe Asiatique of taking out loans on behalf of about 9,000 buyers, many of whom were not even aware they had applied for loans.
Binay said Faria received the first death threat when the Department of Justice (DoJ) moved to file information for syndicated estafa against Lee, his son Dexter, and three others.
Pasig Regional Trial Court Judge Rolando Mislang later issued a temporary restraining order barring the DOJ from pursuing the preliminary investigation against Lee.
Binay quoted one of the text messages sent to Faria: "Ms faria matapang ka talaga well ok galingan mo lang ang pagiingat baka ma one time ka hero ka na talaga."
He said the most recent death threat was sent right after the Court of Appeals reversed the decision of Mislang, which allowed the filing of the charges.
"I condemn this act in the strongest possible terms. I urge the PNP and the NBI to take immediate steps to protect Emma Faria and unmask those behind these threats," Binay said in a statement.
"We will continue to vigilantly monitor the case and assist the Department of Justice in whatever possible way to ensure that Delfin Lee and his co-accused will face justice," he added.