By James A. Loyola
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has affirmed the dismissal of the estafa charges against casino magnate Kazuo Okada and several others in connection with the supply of P210 million worth of lights for the façade of Okada Manila.
In his 10-page decision, Assistant State Prosecutor Alejandro Daguiso said respondent Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) failed to prove conspiracy between Okada and other respondents Kengo Takeda, Tetsuya Yokota and Aruze Philippines Manufacturing Inc.
“From the records, there appears to be no concrete evidence at all of Respondents’ alleged conspiracy and representations that brought about the contract in question,” Daguiso said in his decision.
He affirmed the resolution of the Parañaque Prosecutors Office dismissing the case on May 15, 2018 for lack of probable cause.
The DOJ said TRLEI’s complaint merely relied on the assertions of its Chief Executive Adviser Dindo Espeleta of perceived close personal association between respondents without any reference to specific meetings or conversations on particular dates during the period of negotiations for the awarding of the Supply Agreement.
Also, the DOJ said the TRLEI’s complaint rendered itself defective after it failed to present receipts in evidence – either of the light-emitting diode (LED) strips upon delivery or of the payment for the same.
In addition, the DOJ said the APMI did not misrepresent itself in the Supply Agreement as it claimed that it would provide the LED strips and not manufacture them.
“We are not convinced of complainant’s argument that the last recital in the preamble of the Supply Agreement is a material part of the contract between the parties,” the DOJ said.