‘Businesswoman Cuaycong has fully paid P2M check in 2015’

The alleged dishonored P2 million check which was the subject of businesswoman Catherine Cabuga’s basis for filing a case in October, this year against businesswoman, Ester Cuaycong was fully paid as early as November, 2015.

This was revealed to Negros Daily Bulletin by Cuaycong’s legal counsel, Atty. Gina Mirano-Jesena, in reaction to yesterday’s news item that said Cuaycong owes Cabuga P2M for the former’s returned check.

In a letter to NDB yesterday, Jesena said, “the alleged dishonored check, Allied Bank Check No. AAA-0072190 dated November 4, 2013, the subject matter of Criminal Case No. 17-11-30771, has already been fully paid by our client (Cuaycong) as early as November 2015.”

She said the check was redeemed by Cuaycong with payments through various Philippine National Bank (PNB) checks.

The check payments are enumerated in the letter of Atty. Jesena:

Check No. 083026 dated May 7, 2014 in the amount of P1 million; Check No. 089969 dated July 7, 2015 at P200,000; No. 090001 dated July 22, 2015 in the amount of P200,000;

Check No. 090090 dated Aug. 1, 2015 at P200,000; Check No. 090131 dated Sept. 19, 2015 in the amount of P200,000; Check No. 091513 dated Nov. 6, 2015 at P100,000; and, Check No. 091514 dated Nov. 21, 2015 at P100,000. Total payments amounted to P2-M, it was pointed out.

Atty. Jesena, in the December 18, 2017 letter in behalf of Cuaycong, also said, “Atty. Vicente D. Saboray, counsel of Cabuga was informed of the payments of the aforementioned check in a letter reply dated Ocober 25, 2017. This notwithstanding, his client filed the baseless case against our client.”

“Please be informed that the criminal case for alleged ‘Violation of Batas Pambansa Bilang 22’, covered by the Rules on Summary Procedure, the respondent (Mrs. Ester Cuaycong in this case) was not even allowed to submit her counter-affidavit as the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office only issues a minute resolution attaching the information to be filed with the Municipal Trial Court in Cities.*(Arman P. Toga)


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