Two sides of a controversy: Globeasiatique housing scam victims and socialite Divine Lee
Before I am going to say my final piece on socialite Divine Lee and her company, Globe Asiatique, I want the readers to get an honest-to-goodness backgrounder as reported by the credible Philippine media:
The company in question:
Globe Asiatique (GA) is the brain child of Delfin Lee, who is once dubbed by his friends as the “Donald Trump of the Philippines” and who has looked up to SM mall magnate Henry Sy. He has aspired to make (GA) the “SM of Philippine housing.” He was described as natural entrepreneur with the guts and appetite for risk. He transformed a previous wilderness in lahar-covered village in Pampanga into what could have been a bustling cosmopolitan community called Xevera. At the core of his business model is a housing product that is affordable but addresses the cultural needs of a community. A typical “township” product, such as the Xevera brand in Pampanga, have top-line features like a school, church, town hall, a wet and dry market, a clubhouse with an Olympic-size swimming pool, commercial areas, an amusement park, and a 3-hectare eco park. (source: http://www.rappler.com/business/5798-arrest-warrant-out-vs-delfin-lee-of-ga-housing-mess).
For an extensive reading on Globe Asiatique, Delfin Lee and his children Divine and Dexter, go to : http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=532239.
The crime charged: Double Selling
The 12 Billion Peso Question. The Globe Asiatique scandal.
ABS-CBN quoted Vice President Jejomar Binay (who serves as the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and the Pag-IBIG Board of Trustees): “GA defrauded the ordinary workers who are contributors of Pag-IBIG Fund. The company defrauded hardworking citizens of Pampanga by selling property they already purchased legitimately to other buyers, a practice known as double selling. The issuance of the warrants of arrest against Delfin Lee and his co-accused just shows that the law is on the side of the ordinary workers duped by Globe Asiatique. (source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/05/23/12/arrest-warrant-out-globe-asiatiques-delfin-lee)
Case Status Update
Delfin Lee. From Donald Trump of the the Philippines to a high profile fugitive
Warrant of arrests were issued against GA Delfin Lee, his son Dexter Lee, GA’s chief financial office and three officers of Lee’s Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corp. for syndicated estafa in connection with the P7-billion “ghost borrowers” housing loan scandal. The Lee father and son, Christina Sagun, Cristina Salagan and lawyer Alex Alvarez were ordered arrested by Judge Maria Amifaith Fider-Reyes of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 42 after the judge found probable cause in a syndicated estafa case filed against them in connection with Globe Asiatique’s Xevera housing projects in Bacolor and Mabalacat towns in Pampanga.
Reyes did not recommend any bail for the Globe Asiatique officers who were sued by several home buyers and the state-run Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig Fund) for allegedly conspiring in the irregular use of P7.03 billion worth of housing loans obtained by unqualified Pag-Ibig Fund members between 2008 and 2010, the so-called “ghost borrowers” who bought homes in Globe Asiatique’s Pampanga housing projects. (source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/199401/arrest-warrant-out-for-delfin-lee).
And if we are to believe the late (great) Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo believed that Delfin Lee and his cohorts have already fled the country stating that “with his money and connections in the Bureau of Immigration it is highly possible that Lee could have boarded an outward-bound flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, even if there was an existing Hold Departure Order issued against him by a judge, to avoid being held accountable by authorities for the much-publicized multibillion-peso Globe Asiatique (GA) scam.” (source: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/commentary/item/1417-fugitive-delfin-lee-already-abroad-—-robredo).
In August 2012, President Benigno “Pnoy” Aquino has offered P 2 milllion reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Globe Asiatique owner Delfin Lee and classified him a high-profile fugitive.
GA’s side of the story
Solid defense? No filing fee, No case?
GA lawyer Willy Rivera said his client’s accusers failed to pay a P132-million filing fee in the case against the latter. Rivera also said he has asked the court to dismiss the criminal complaint against Lee, noting that a similar civil case against his client had already been dismissed by a Makati City court. “The criminal case should be dismissed because my client did not violate any contract. Globe Asiatique was merely the developer of Pag-Ibig. It just guaranteed the loans already approved by Pag-Ibig,” Rivera said. (source: http://punto.com.ph/News/Article/15293/Volume-6-No-42/Headlines/Delfin-Lee’s-lawyer-questions-arrest-warrant-sans-payment-of-filing-fee).
Okay. Now that you have a basic idea about the case filed against Delfin Lee and GA. Let us talk about why most observers say that her stylish daughter “got off the hook” and is “still alive and kicking” and tweeting as if nothing has happened.
Divine Lee’s participation in Globe Asiatique:
To give you a crystal clear idea what Divine Lee is doing at his father’s real estate company, I will led you straight to the the horse’s mouth. In an exclusive interview, Divine has seemingly flaunted her in-depth participation in GA’s operation as VP for Marketing and Sales. it seems that she worked hand-in-hand with his father and brother. Just watch:
Grabe! Kaloka. Ang yabang ni Divine. This is express admission at its best!
Side of Divine Lee
Airing her side on the issue, Divine Lee opted to turn to entertainment website, Pep.ph. Speaking to PEP on Aug. 21, Divine said, “Ako kasi, since hindi naman ako parte ng kaso, at sabi nila, ‘Wala ka namang alam, you shouldn’t be… you can’t divulge anything, kasi wala ka namang alam.’” (Since I am not part of the case and they told me I have no knowledge so I cannot divulge anything). (source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/370780/amid-housing-loan-scam-divine-lee-opts-to-keep-going).
Why should Divine be likewise charged like his father?
While it is a basic legal tenet that only corporate officers shown to have participated in the alleged anomalous acts may be held criminally liable (Cruzvale vs. Eduque, et. al G.R. Nos. 172785-86, June 18, 2009), Divine Lee has clearly admitted to have actively participated in GA as head of marketing, meaning selling of its housing units. As this the very crime being alleged, her self-serving pronouncements that she has no participation in the alleged double selling is probably an afterthought. Following another legal tenet, Divine Lee’s counter-allegations are defenses that must be presented as evidence in the hearing of the criminal cases (Lee vs. People, G.R. No. 137914, December 4, 2002). What is just needed is a finding of probable cause against Divine Lee – stated otherwise a reasonable cause that she has probably taken part in the alleged double sale activities of her company. And since she is its Vice President for Sales and Marketing – it is reasonable to believe that she had participation in the alleged anomalous sales of real estate properties. She should likewise be indicted for same charges as his father and brother.
Divine Lee’s current status.
Divine Lee and boy let Victor Basa. Still living the high profile life.
Despite the continued cries from GA housing scam victims to include Divine Lee in the criminal case against her father and brother, the Philippine Department of Justice has not yet come up with any charges against her.
As such, Divine Lee continues to make waves in the social scene as if the GA scandal has not happen or just a minute blimp on her schedule organizer.
She continues to tweet daily, date her boyfriend Victor Basa (who is rumored to be gay and living in with her) and portray a classy image as an model, socialite, actress, and entrepreneur. (source:http://www.pinoyparazzi.com/victor-basa-at-divine-lee-nagli-live-in-na/).
Parang walang nangyari…(as if nothing has happened).