Saturday, July 18, 2009

Only court-named doc should see if Legacy’s owner is fit or not: Rufus

CAGAYAN de Oro City (BONG FABE / Cagayan Journal /July 18, 2009) - ONLY a doctor appointed by a court where he is facing charges should determine whether Legacy Group’s Celso delos Angeles is fit to stand trial.

Nobody else––not the police or even his doctor––should determine whether he is healthy enough to face his accusers, said Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro.

Rodriguez, however, said if the court-appointed doctor finds that delos Angeles is not fit enough to stand trial, then “we should not drag him down to Cagayan de Oro for humanitarian reasons.”

“Let him stay and recuperate in the hospital. And when he is fit and has recovered from his sickness, then that’s the time he should face his accusers in a trial. But for now, the RTC in Cagayan de Oro should appoint a doctor to really see to it that he really is sick and cannot stand trial at this time,” said Rodriguez.

Delos Angeles was arrested Monday afternoon at the St. Luke’s Hospital by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) over a charge of syndicated estafa filed by Legacy Group customers here.

Delos Angeles, the mayor of
Santo Domingo, Albay, is the owner of Legacy, which authorities said was behind one of the country’s biggest pyramiding scams that victimized thousands of people.

His arrest came just hours after the RTC Branch 17, 24 and 41 here issued the warrants for the arrest of delos Angeles and other local respondents last Monday.

The courts also recommended no bail for delos Angeles.

Legacy reportedly owes customers at least P14.4 billion, half of which is due to customers who have pre-need claims that amounted to P7 billion.

As of December 2008, Legacy sold 14,579 policies––3,585 for pension; 2,292 for education; and 3,702 for memorial.

Delos Angeles and other suspects are facing at least 31 cases of estafa here.

Of the 31 cases, 26 cases have already been resolved by the City Prosecutor’s Office, which issued the resolution for the issuance of arrest warrants against the accused.

Of the 26 cases resolved, three have already been issued warrants of arrest while the rest could not move on because of the failure of the complainants to pay the docket fee.


Link to Mindanao Gold Star Daily

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