Supreme Court denies petition of Delfin S. Lee, affirms DOJ Findings

02 October 2012

In a Resolution dated 04 July 2012 and officially received by the Department of Justice (DOJ) only on 27 September 2012, the Supreme Court (SC) denied the petition of Deliin S. Lee questioning the decision of the Court of Appeals that ruled against him. The SC also denied his request for the issuance of a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction.

The SC found no reversible error in the challenged decision and pointed out the non-compliance by Lee of the procedural requirements of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure.

"This is another significant development in the quest for justice to have the fugitive Deliin Lee answer for his actions," said Secretary of Justice Leila M. De Lima. "The judiciary has consistently afirmed the findings of the DOJ on this particular case given the clear facts and the culpability of the respondent Lee,” said De Lima.

"Having ran out of legal options or remedies, Deliin Lee should now face the music and come out from hiding. He should not further strain the government’s resources by his continued evasion of a duly issued warrant of arrest." De Lima added.

Deliin S. Lee, along with Dexter L. Lee, Christina Sagun, Cristina Salagan, and Atty. Alex Alvarez, were charged by the Department of Justice of the crime of syndicated estafa, a non-bailable offense. A warrant for their arrest was issued on 22 May 2012 by the Hon. Maria Amifaith S. Fider-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court of Pampanga, Branch 42. Mr. Lee, along with his co-accused, has evaded arrest and remains a fugitive from justice.

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