The accused in a legal dispute involving Alliance Select Foods International on Monday expressed confidence they would be found innocent after a Makati Regional Trial Court ordered their arrest for estafa.
In a statement, Jonathan Dee said he and Alvin Dee and Joanna Dee-Laurel had already posted bail with the court, and that all three were hopeful of a speedy dismissal of the case.
In a decision promulgated on April 11, the Makati RTC Branch 57 issued the arrest warrants for seven former board members of Alliance Select Foods, a publicly-listed firm that is among the leading tuna processors and exporters in the Asia Pacific.
Judge Honorio Guanlao, Jr. set bail at P120,000 which the Dees promptly paid.
“We are confident that the facts will bear out our innocence, and that this will hopefully lead to the eventual dismissal of the complaint,” Dee said.
In his reply to the complaint filed by the Singaporean group of Ms. Hedy Yap Chua, Dee debunked the allegation that the funds invested in the company had been involved in illegal transactions.
Jonathan Dee pointed out that the Department of Justice and Office of the Manila City Prosecutor had previously dismissed the allegations of Ms. Hedy Yap Chua’s group for lack of merit.
They said the records would show during the Makati RTC trial that Yap-Chua’s allegations were false.