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Okada exec cleared in perjury case

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By Jeffrey Damicog

Government prosecutors have junked a perjury complaint against an executive of the popular Okada Manila Resorts and Casino concerning a $7 million deal for the purchase of lighting equipment.

Department of Justice (MANILA BULLETIN)

Department of Justice (MANILA BULLETIN)

In a resolution reaching the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Las Pinas City Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the complaint filed by Aruze Philippines Manufacturing, Incorporated (APMI) against Dindo Espeleta, chief executive adviser of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc (TRLEI) which operates Okada Manila.

Since the complainant was not able to prove the existence of all of the elements of the offense, the Las Pinas City Prosecutor’s Office ruled it “failed to find probable cause to indict herein respondent for Perjury under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.”

The DOJ appointed the Las Pinas City Prosecutor’s Office to handle the case after the Paranaque City Prosecutor’s Office, where the complainant was originally filed, was granted its request to inhibit itself from handling the case.

The case concerns a 2016 deal between APMI and TRLEI when Okada was still chief executive officer (CEO) of TRLEI, a company which he founded but got kicked out of by the board of directors due to alleged irregularities.

Under the deal, APMI will supply Okada Manila with light emitting diode (LED) strips in time for the March 31, 2017 grand opening of Okada Manila.

APMI filed the complaint in response to the estafa complaint filed by Espeleta who accused APMI of not being authorized to engage in the business of manufacturing LED strips suitable for outdoor use.

“As in the instant case, herein respondent was able to adequately establish that his assertions in the complaint affidavit is based on his belief and conviction, taken from the provisions of the Supply Agreement, that complainant APMI misrepresented that it can manufacture the LED strips for outdoor use,” the resolution read.

“The allegations of the complainant that respondent was fully aware that APMI does not manufacture the LED strips before APMI and TRLEI executed the Supply Agreement is based purely on conjectures and does not have a leg to stand on,” it added.

The resolution was signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Donald Macasaet and approved by Deputy City Prosecutor Zelica Salvador-Longcob and City Prosecutor Marylin Cynthia Fatima Madamba-Luang.

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