300 Xevera homeowners get Pag-IBIG foreclosure orders

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    BACOLOR, Pampanga– At least 300 buyers of housing units  at Xevera subdivisions here  and Mabalacat City  which were  developed by jailed Globe Asiatique  President Delfin Lee have received foreclosure notices from the    Pag- IBIG Fund.

    Now, they are urging  the Senate to find means  to have Lee testify in its hearings to enable him  to  expose the “truth” behind the Xevera controversy.  This, after Judge Amifaith  Fider-Reyes of the  Regional Trial  Court,  Branch 42 in the City of  San Fernando, Pampanga again junked the request  of the Senate to  allow Lee to  attend its hearing last Jan. 22 on  housing anomalies being linked to Vice Pres.  Jejomar Binay.

    The  judge  disallowed Lee on  grounds of his case being sub-judice. The other day, Lee’s  lawyers again filed a motion  asking   Fider-Reyes to inhibit herself from  the syndicated estafa  case for which she had  ordered Lee arrested  in March, 2014.

    Lee, in an  interview at the Pampanga  provincial jail, said he has a pending administrative  case against  the judge filed before the Supreme Court for  her alleged bias in favor  of Pag-Ibig, the complainant in his case. (See  separate story).

    Lee’s lawyer Willie  Rivera noted that in  September last year, the Supreme Court en  banc had clarified that Lee could be allowed to attend  Senate hearings as resource person. The notice of this was signed by Supreme Court Clerk of  Court Enrique Vidal.

    This  was after Fider-Reyes referred the issue to the  High  Court amid an earlier invitation by the Senate  housing committee  looking into the Xevera project issue. The  committee, however, did not invite Lee anew after the  clarification from the Supreme  Court.

    Ramon Recto, 57,  a  half-brother of Sen. Ralph Recto and resident of Xevera in Bacolor,  said he was among  the buyers who have  received  foreclosure notices from Pag-IBIG or the  Home Development Mutual  Fund (HDMF).

    “We initially blamed  Lee for our fate because  he was demonized in media for the syndicated  estafa case that was  lodged against him  by  Pag-IBIG, but scrutiny of his case has convinced  us that Pag-IBIG, and not  Lee, is all to blame,” said  Recto who was among the Xevera homeowners  who filed a complaint  before the RTC in San Fernando against Pag-IBIG on the foreclosure orders. 

    Recto said Xevera  homeowners now realize  how Pag-IBIG ignored  existing laws,  including the Maceda Law and the Magna Carta for Homeowners,  and that Lee’s  testimony in the Senate  for purposes of legislation would help push  for new laws or amendments to existing laws  that would prevent another   Xevera controversy from again victimizing  families seeking homes  under Pag-IBIG housing  terms. 

    He recalled that when Binay assumed post as  chairman of the Housing  and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC),  Pag-IBIG unilaterally sundered  its contract with Lee’s  Globe Asiatique which was initially entitled to collect monthly   amortizations from Xevera homeowners  and remitting the funds to Pag-IBIG.  Binay won in the  2010 vice  presidential race against Mar Roxas  whom Lee openly supported. 

    “We later found out  that even before Binay  came into the picture, the agreement even  leaned in favor of Pag-  IBIG, because Lee was  made to guarantee 95 percent amortization  collection rate for a period  of five years. Pag- IBIG would then subtract  from some P590  million of Lee’s funds with Pag-  IBIG should any homeowner  fail to pay monthly dues,” Recto said. 

    Recto said that  with the HUDCC under Binay, Pag-IBIG junked this arrangement meanwhile to  accept amortization payments  from  of homeowners. After several months,  Pag-IBIG decided to accept  payments, this time already with interest. 

    “Many   were not able  to comply because of  this, and we have started  to receive foreclosure orders,”  he said.    Recto said that at Xevera in Bacolor alone,  some 300 homeowners  have received foreclosure orders. “There are  hundreds more in Xevera  in Mabalacat City who  also got foreclosure notices,”  he added. 

    Lee, in an interview in  jail, said he had always  wanted to “expose the truth” before the Senate.  “Let me speak for at least  30 minutes then  they can ask me any question. I  am prepared to answer all in detail,” he said. 

    His lawyers filed for  the third time yet  another motion asking Fider-  Reyes to inhibit herself  from Lee’s case, as  they pointed out alleged ties between the judge and Binay. Fider-Reyes  is also a “pairing judge”  in Makati City, the motion  said.  

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