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    Filipino billionaire rapped with illegal detention

    FORMER Trade Minister and businessman Roberto Ongpin was charged with serious illegal detention case before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Manila Thursday.
    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) charged Ongpin and his employee Eduveges Batalan.
    The case stemmed from the alleged illegal detention by Ongpin and some of his employees at Alphaland Corporation committed on Batalan from February 4 until Feb. 7, 2014.
    According to the NBI, Batalan who was working with Philweb Corporation, one of the businesses owned by Ongpin, was accused by the billionaire businessman of stealing millions of pesos from his company.
    Ongpin doubted on how Batalan was able to acquire a nice house, vehicles and was able to open a drug store.
    Because of such a doubt, Ongpin ordered a surveillance on Batalan for three months when he was flown to an exclusive resort in Balesin, Quezon province on board a private plane where he was confronted by Ongpin and warned him that he will not be allowed to leave the island if he will not tell the truth.
    Batalan was locked up in a room in Balesin Resort and while he was inside, he allegedly suffered psychological torture and he was forced to sign an affidavit and a promissory note.
    Because of fear for his life, Batalan was forced to sign an affidavit where he admitted that he withdrew P3 million from the three bank accounts which he opened for Ongpin.
    However, Ongpin allegedly even raised to P5.3 million the amount allegedly stolen by Batalan.
    When Batalan agreed with the wishes of Ongpin, that was the time he was flown back to Manila on Feb. 7, 2014 onboard a private plane.
    Aside from the case of serious illegal detention, Ongpin was also charged before the DOJ with grave coercion and robbery.
    The crime of serious illegal detention is a non-bailable offense.
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