(UPDATED) Ramon Ang withdraws billion-peso estafa complaint against GMA's Atty. Felipe Gozon

Ramon Ang (right) withdraws estafa complaint vs. GMA CEO and Chairman Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (left) after the latter agreed to return the P1 billion downpayment that the San Miguel Corp. chairman gave.


Ibinasura ng Department of Justice (DOJ) ang reklamong syndicated estafa na inihain ng negosyanteng si Ramon Ang laban kay GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon.

Ito ay matapos sumailalim sa isang kasunduan ang magkabilang kampo.

Kaugnay ito ng dapat sana’y pagbili ni Ang ng “34% of the outstanding capital stock of the GMA Network Inc.”

August 1, 2015 nang maghain ng reklamong syndicated estafa si Ang laban sa Gozon group of shareholders, na pinangungunahan ni Atty. Felipe Gozon.

Kabilang din sa inireklamo ni Ang sina Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar, Ismael Augusto Gozon, Belinda Madrid, Ma. Erlinda Gana, Jaime Javier Gana, Florencia Gozon Tarriela, Edgar Tarriela, at Tricia Valderrama.

Read: Ramon Ang files billion-peso estafa complaint vs. GMA's Atty. Felipe Gozon after failed business deal

August 5 nang mailathala sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang opisyal na pahayag ng head honcho ng GMA Network, kung saan pinabulaanan nito ang alegasyong estafa na ibinabato sa kanya ni Ang.

Sabi sa isang bahagi ng official statement ni Gozon: “The Php 1 Billion remains in the custody of Atty. Gozon and has been deposited with a reputable universal bank, to answer for the damages that the Gozon Group has sustained by reason of Mr. Ang’s violation of his obligation to negotiate in good faith, to execute and conclude the Transaction Documents, and close the Transaction pursuant to the Term Sheet dated June 23, 2014 among the parties.

“The bases of retention: the Gozon Group’s right of retention under the Term Sheet [Item 8, third bullet point], and the Civil Code of the Philippines. As a consequence of Mr. Ang’s violation of his obligations in law and in contract, the Gozon group has reserved its remedies.

Read: Atty. Felipe Gozon refutes Ramon Ang's estafa allegation; keeps Ang's P1-billion downpayment for alleged contract violations


Ayon sa ulat ng The Philippine Star ngayong Biyernes, September 11, nagkasundo ang magkabilang kampo noong August 14, matapos pumayag si Gozon na ibalik ang P1-billion downpayment na binayad sa kanya ni Ang.

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Kasunod nito ay naghain si Ang ng affidavit of desistance sa DOJ upang pormal na iatras ang reklamong isinampa niya laban kay Atty. Gozon.

Paliwanag ni Ang ukol dito, "I filed the complaint-affidavit on the good faith belief that the respondents committed estafa/syndicated estafa in refusing to return my downpayment of P1 billion.

“However, after re-examining all the facts and attendant circumstances, including the subsequent return of the downpayment, I have come to the decision to withdraw the complaint-affidavit and voluntary desist from prosecuting this case.”

ATTY. GOZON'S STATEMENT. Samantala, naglabas din ng opisyal na pahayag ang kampo ni Atty. Gozon kaugnay ng pagkaka-dismiss ng kaso:

"Atty. Felipe L. Gozon welcomes the Department of Justice’s dismissal of the complaint filed against him by Ramon S. Ang.

"The settlement agreed upon by Ang and Gozon – through the efforts of a common friend – was reasonable and was mutually accepted by them.

"Ang received back his P1 billion from Gozon and, in return, Gozon received a substantial amount from Ang.

"The parties agreed to keep the details of their settlement confidential. Gozon said that there was clearly no basis for the charge of estafa – much less syndicated estafa – as there was absolutely no deception or fraud employed by the Gozon Group in the sale transaction of their GMA shares to Ang."

January 2014 nang magsimulang magkaroon ng negosasyon sa pagitan nina Ang at Atty. Gozon tungkol sa plano ng una na bumili ng minority shares ng GMA Network.

Ngunit sanhi umano ng hindi matapus-tapos na kasunduan sa pagitan ng dalawa, inanunsiyo ni Gozon na hindi na tuloy ang negosasyon nila ni Ang noong July 23, 2015.


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