JUSTICE Undersecretary Mark Perete yesterday described as unfounded the accusation of conflict of interest on the part of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra due to his son's employment with a resort firm which has a complaint for estafa against casino magnate Kazuo Okada.
Just recently, the National Prosecution Service (NPS) came up with a resolution recommending the indictment of Okada for allegedly embezzling more than US$3 million in funds of the posh Okada Manila.
In a statement, Perete bared the NPS resolution was reached without any intervention or influence from Guevarra whose son was hired by the Tiger Resort and Leisure Entertainment Inc. as its director for risk management.
Also, Perete disclosed that Guevarra -- as soon as the case against Okada reached the Department of Justice -- called both parties to a meeting and told them that his son was engaged by TRLEI.
“The meeting took place at the Department of Justice on June 27, 2018 with counsels for both Okada and Tiger were present,” Perete said.
He added that Guevarra’s son applied for a managerial position in TRLEI sometime in November 2017, while the DoJ chief was appointed to replace then justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on April 5, 2018.
“The secretary likewise assured the counsels for both parties that the engagement of his son by Tiger Resorts would have no bearing in the resolution of their cases and that these cases will be resolved with utmost impartiality,” Perete said.