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“My brother is innocent.”
Ito ang paninindigan ni Attorney Jesus Nicardo Falcis III kaugnay ng qualified theft complaint na isinampa ni Kris Aquino laban sa kapatid ng una na si Nicardo Falcis II, aka Nicko Falcis.
Ayon kay Kris, ninakawan siya ni Nicko ng PHP1.27 million gamit ang credit card ng Kris C. Aquino Productions (KCAP).
Si Nicko ay dating managing director ng KCAP.
Humihingi ang kampo ni Kris ng halos PHP33 million na kabuuang danyos.
Sa press conference na ginanap sa Scout Rallos, Quezon City, ngayong Huwebes, November 15, binasa ni Atty. Falcis ang official statement ng kanilang pamilya. Pagkatapos nito ay nagbigay siya ng kopya sa dumalong members of the press.
Si Atty. Falcis ay host ng radio program na BolJak sa Radyo Singko.
Narito ang kabuuang official statement ni Atty. Jesus Nicardo Falcis III:
"On November 18, this Sunday, my family will be celebrating my deceased father’s birthday and my own. But my brother, Nicko Falcis, will not be here in the Philippines to celebrate with us.
"Contrary to the claims of Ms. Aquino and her lawyers, my brother staying abroad is not an indication of guilt. She took away my brother from our family and my brother is forced to stay abroad because of serious threats to his person and safety. I know for a fact that Ms. Aquino threatened my brother: 'YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE NICKO!.... DARE TO STEP IN THIS COUNTRY AND YOU WILL BE DEAD.'
"Grave threats coming from the daughter and sister of former presidents, you do not take lightly.
"I have nightmares about it. I can hear it now vividly as I recount it. The reality is, I never imagined I would hear someone I used to watch on television, and the daughter of Ninoy and Cory Aquino, to say those things.
"What’s worse is, Ms. Aquino has made it known that she possesses a list of Nico’s flight records, indicating that she can monitor when my brother comes in and out of the Philippines. She brags that she has powerful friends.
"And that is the reason why my brother is not here during the preliminary investigation and will not be here on my [father's] birthday on Sunday. A complete family is important, but my brother’s life and safety is more important.
"Ms. Aquino has also defamed my brother’s reputation over the past few months on social media and on mainstream media. She would say tens of millions were stolen from her. And suddenly, all she ever filed were cases of qualified theft for the total amount of 1.2 million pesos.
"The charges are baseless and totally ridiculous. The truth will eventually come out. Now, the question is why would Ms. Aquino be filing these cases if it weren’t true?
"That is a question best answered by my brother. But from what I personally know, it stemmed from my brother’s refusal to work for Ms. Aquino full-time; as Nicko has had many other commitments that Ms. Aquino was aware of and have agreed to before. This, Nicko did not foresee, would be a reason for a such a tumultuous falling-out with a former close friend who obviously abhors rejection.
"We have been silent for the past few months and have been negotiating with Ms. Aquino for a settlement sincerely and in good faith. It’s not true that we have not been serious or sincere. She was the one who filed several cases while negotiations were ongoing.
"To reiterate, my brother, Nicardo M. Falcis II, did not commit 44 counts qualified theft under Article 310 in relation to Articles 308 and 309 of the Revised Penal Code and for violation of the Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998, whether for 1.2 million pesos or for tens of millions of pesos.
"All of the details of the cases will be itemized in our legal answers, which the media can obtain from the prosecutors after our filing.
"My brother is innocent. We may not come from a political family or have powerful friends at our behest, but we have the truth on our side."
ATTY. FALCIS OFFICIAL STATEMENT CAN BE VIEWED HERE.