Maria Elena Catajan | SunStar Baguio | June 1, 2017
THE chairman of the Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDEVCO) has been cleared of a P4.33 million malversation case.
Robert John Sobrepeña was cleared by the Supreme Court, which paved the way for the Baguio City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to dismiss the cases filed in 2012 by then president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Arnel Casanova.
The May 15 decision of Presiding Judge Cecilia Corazon Dulay-Archog of Baguio RTC Branch 6, ordered the dismissal of the two criminal complaints filed by BCDA against Sobrepeña, CJHDEVCO chief executive officer and chairman lawyer Ferdinand Santos, executive vice president and chief operating officer Alfredo Yñiguez III, and Emily Roces-Falco, chief finance officer after it received the Highest Court’s decision.
Yñiguez lauded the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the complaint for malversation of public funds tagging the move as a “nuisance case.”
“The Supreme Court’s dismissal of the malversation case only confirms that Casanova and other former BCDA officials in the previous administration resorted to filing of several cooked-up, baseless nuisance cases,” said Yñiguez.
The Sobrepena group is still in control of the former military camp as government stall on its payment of P1.4 billion before it vacates the property based on the ruling from the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc., ordering CJHDEVCO to vacate the leased areas and the BCDA to pay the billions as reimbursement for rental payments of the developer.