PEP to file more cases against Yuchengcos in various courts
Facing 10 libel cases before nine different courts, parents victimized by a failed pre-need program are now planning to fight fire with fire.
The Parents Enabling Parents (PEP) Coalition said Friday that they are now planning to expand the court battle against the Yuchengco family, owners of the failed Pacific Plans Inc. by filing other cases in various courts nationwide.
“We just filed a case of syndicated estafa against them before the ParaÃ±aque trial court. Starting next week, we’ll file cases against them in other courts in Metro Manila, then in courts around the country,”PEP Coalition president Philip Piccio said in an interview aired by radio station DZBB.
Piccio said that for now, they are considering filing cases in courts in Antipolo, Marikina and Pasig Cities. Those in Visayas and Mindanao will likely be filed later.
He said the coalition is now drawing up legal plans with its lawyers on filing the cases.
The scattered approach in filing the cases was similar to the tactic used by the Yuchengcos in filing libel cases against the coalition’s officers before courts in Manila and Makati City.
PEP Coalition members received a financial shot in the arm in the last several weeks after former Manila congressman Mark Jimenez donated P10 million to the parents of students affected by the failed education program.
Before this, a Makati court had issued arrest warrants for seven members of the PEP coalition while another Makati court dismissed one of 11 cases of libel filed against officers of PEP.
The PEP Coalition officers were sued by Pacific Plans, owned by the Yuchengco group, after they published remarks on their web site (www.pacificnoplans.blogspot.com) criticizing Pacific Plans.
On the other hand, Pacific Plans officials face syndicated estafa charges filed by members of the PEP Coalition.
The legal battle between Pacific Plans and plan holders started when the pre-need company announced that it was facing financial difficulties and would be unable to honor its commitment to fund the education of about 34,000 educational plan holders.-GMANews.TV
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