By Jeffrey Damicog
The former business partner of celebrity Kris Aquino is set to appeal before the Department of Justice (DOJ) the ruling of the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office which approved his indictment for estafa.
“We will file a Motion for Reconsideration and, if necessary, we will also file a Petition for Review before the Department of Justice,” said lawyer Regi Ponferrada, the legal counsel of Nicanor Falcis II.
Recently, the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office has issued a resolution which approved the filing charges against Falcis for estafa through misappropriation or conversion, as defined and penalized under Paragraph 1(b) of Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code.
“We believe this is an unjust decision,” said Ponferrada.
The lawyer recounted that last November 2018 he filed a motion for inhibition against the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office and to have the case referred to the DOJ.
Ponferrada explained the motion was filed “because of certain circumstances that have led us to lose faith and confidence in the impartiality of the Office of the City Prosecutor of Taguig City.
“The same (motion) was not acted upon and its denial was incorporated in the Resolution of the Office of the City Prosecutor of Taguig City,” he lamented.
The case stemmed from the complaint of Aquino who accused Falcis of having misused the credit card issued by Aquino’s firm, Kristina C. Aquino Productions (KCAP), for his personal transactions.
In her complaint, Aquino said she allegedly discovered from the bank statements that Falcis made unauthorized use of the credit card for his personal transactions in Taguig City from June to August in 2018 amounting to a total of P62,784.32.
Aquino pointed out that she entrusted him with the credit card with an understanding that he shall utilize it solely for the payment of KCAP-related expenses.
Also, the complainant said Falcis neither informed her about the transactions nor made arrangements to settle them.