Lucio Tan continues to block brother’s testimony

Lucio Tan continues to block brother’s testimony

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:22:00 09/30/2009

MANILA, Philippines—Businessman Lucio Tan on Wednesday moved to block an attempt by his estranged brother Mariano Tanenglian to turn state witness in the government’s forfeiture case against the two of them.

Tan also accused private lawyer Catalino Generillo of "intimidation." The attorney had said he would present documents he was still keeping if Tanenglian was allowed to testify.

After 20 years, the Sandiganbayan antigraft court has ordered the government to rest its case, rejecting on July 13 the prosecution’s appeal for more time to present evidence. However, Tanenglian asked the court to reopen the trial to allow him to testify against Tan.

The government seeks to prove that Tan’s assets formed part of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.

Tan and Tanenglian are at odds over personal andbusiness reasons.

Tanenglian is also a defendant in the case, but he offered himself as a witness against his brother in exchange for immunity. When the Presidential Commission on Good Government did not act on his offer, Tanenglian asked the court three weeks ago to order the PCGG and the Office of the Solicitor General to resolve the matter.

When the OSG announced more than a week ago it was rejecting Tanenglian’s offer, his lawyer Emilio Quiroz told the Inquirer that Tanenglian would take his appeal to Malacañang.

In his opposition filed with the 5th Division on Wednesday, Tan said the court should deny Tanenglian’s motion and leave the matter to the PCGG and the OSG.

Tan said his brother’s motion was “officious" and constituted "undue interference" in the way the government chose to prosecute its case.

Tan also questioned why Generillo, a former OSG lawyer who was taken off the case, continued to hold on to documents despite the government’s demand that they be returned.

Generillo claimed he had intellectual property rightsover the documents despite a court order to return them to the OSG. He said he was willing to present the documents with Tanenglian’s testimony.

Since Generillo was no longer involved with the prosecution, “the statement is not only officious but a brazen form of "intimidation," Tan said.


luciferfxwatchers said...

How can Luciofer Tan make comment when, because of the Law of Karma, he is now suffering alsheimer disease? Why fear what his foster brother Tanenglian will say in court if it would be false? It just show that Tan is uilty as sin in coveting his master Marcos' wealth.

Anonymous said...

Lucio is God's gift to the Filipinos

He will sit at the right hand of the Father

Anonymous said...

“The evils of the body are, murder, theft, and adultery; of the tongue, lying, slander, abuse, and idle talk; of the mind, covetousness, hatred, and error.”

- Buddha

Anonymous said...

Hebrews chapter 13 (NLT)

4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

Anonymous said...

1 Thessalonians chapter 4 (NLT)

4 Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor - 5 not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways. 6 Never cheat a Christian brother in this matter by taking his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. 7 God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. 8 Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Anonymous said...

1 Corinthians chapter 5 (GWT)

9 In my letter to you I told you not to associate with people who continue to commit sexual sins. 10 I didn't tell you that you could not have any contact with unbelievers who commit sexual sins, are greedy, are dishonest, or worship false gods. If that were the case, you would have to leave this world. 11 Now, what I meant was that you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. Don't eat with such people. 12 After all, do I have any business judging those who are outside [the Christian faith]? Isn't it your business to judge those who are inside? 13 God will judge those who are outside. Remove that wicked man from among you.

Anonymous said...

7 The Pharisees asked him, "Why, then, did Moses give the law for a man to hand his wife a divorce notice and send her away?" 8 Jesus answered, "Moses gave you permission to divorce your wives because you are so hard to teach. But it was not like that at the time of creation. 9 I tell you, then, that any man who divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, commits adultery if he marries some other woman."