Legacy founder to challenge transfer to Camp Karingal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2010 08:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2010 04:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Legacy owner Celso de los Angeles is studying the possibility of filing charges against those behind his transfer to Camp Karingal.

In an interview with ANC, de los Angeles' lawyer, Noel Malaya, said the new arrest warrant issued against his client for another estafa case did not necessarily mean he should be pulled out of St. Luke's Medical Center and transferred to police camp.

"We are studying whether to cite people for contempt for not following court order of the regional trial court of General Santos. [This] should be respected also. The [new] order came from Ormoc, it did not say to pull him out," Malaya said.

The lawyer also denied reports that de los Angeles was no longer under "hospital arrest" because the condominium he was staying in was not located inside the compound of St. Luke's.

"He was not arrested in his home in Cathedral Heights. He was taken from St. Luke's, forcibly taken from the condo adjunct of St Luke's. It's still part of hospital grounds."

De los Angeles was first arrested in July 2009 for a syndicated estafa case filed before a court in Cagayan de Oro.

But instead of being jailed, he was put under hospital arrest after he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Authorities apprehended de los Angeles on Tuesday due to an arrest warrant issued by a court in Ormoc City.