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Iba na ang bahala: Parañaque prosecutor inhibits from Okada estafa cases

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Acting Prosecutor General Jorge Catalan Jr. has decided to stay away from the $10 million estafa complaints against Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada.

In a memorandum addressed to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Catalan said that he and Paranaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac, who is handling the complaints, have decided to inhibit themselves following suspicions of bias in favor of Okada.

“In view of the said Motion for our inhibition, we are refraining from taking action on these cases, much less recommend the designation of a prosecutor as Acting City Prosecutor of Paranaque City,” Catalan said in his memorandum.

“According, we leave it to the sound discretion and judgment of the Secretary of Justice to cause the issuance of a department order for the designation of a member of the National Prosecution Service as Acting City Prosecutor of Paranaque to continue the preliminary investigation of the subject cases, vice City Prosecutor Amerhassan C. Paudac,” he added.

Catalan and Paudac granted the separate motions for inhibition filed by complainant Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) to inhibit from the estafa cases.

TRLEI explained Catalan is the concurrent Makati City Prosecutor who dismissed the perjury complaint against Okada which is also related the estafa cases.

While, the complainant sought Paudac’s inhibition for allegedly leaking to Okada’s camp the yet-to-be-released resolution which supposedly dismissed the estafa raps.

TRLEI had filed before the Paranaque City Prosecutor’s Office two complaints over the $10 million allegedly embezzled by Okada from the firm.

The issue has already resulted to Okada from being voted out by TRLEI shareholders as chief executive officer.