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CJHDevco perjury complaint vs BCDA chief junked

November 21, 2012 2:46pm

The Manila City Prosecutor's Office has dismissed a perjury complaint filed by Camp John Hay Development Corp. against Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Arnel Paciano Casanova on the grounds that the issue from which it stems is still unresolved.

In his two-page resolution, Assistant City Prosecutor Nelson Pagaduan ruled that the complaint of perjury filed by CJHDevCo against Casanova could not be acted upon because “the issue is still premature to resolve.”

The alleged statements for which CJHDevco filed the complaint stem from a yet unresolved charge of estafa filed by BCDA against CJHDevCo in connection with the alleged double sale by CJHDevCo of a loghome in Camp John Hay.

The charge, which is still pending in the Department of Justice, alleges that CJHDevCo sold Loghome No. 9 twice; first in 1999 to Wilson Sy who paid CJHDevCo P20 million as down payment, and then to BCDA by way of dacion en pago executed on May 27, 2010; and that Sy’s lawyer informed BCDA of the first sale verbally and in writing in 2010.

Pagaduan declared that “[n]ot until the issue to complaint of double sale had been finally resolved, [can] the complaint of perjury … be acted upon.” The recommendation was approved by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Jessica Junsay-Ong.

This is the second complaint filed against BCDA executives by CJHDevCo to be dismissed.

Last October, BCDA directors were cleared of libel charges filed in connection with a BCDA-published Notice on CJHDevCo’s questionable business practices at the BCDA-administered John Hay Special Economic Zone.

Casanova viewed the dismissed perjury and libel cases filed against BCDA officials as futile attempts at distraction and harassment.

“The filing of these cases were obviously meant to distract and dissuade us from making the CJHDevCo accountable for its questionable acts in the John Hay Special Economic Zone. It will take more than a harassment case to stop BCDA’s administration from protecting the interest of the government in Camp John Hay,” Casanova said. — BM, GMA News
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