TRLEI exec slapped with perjury charges over LED lights supply

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A JAPANESE businessman has filed perjury charges against a top official of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment, Inc. (TRLEI) for allegedly making false assertions against his company.

Tetsuya Yokota, president of Aruze Philippines Manufacturing, Inc. (APMI), in a 16-page complaint filed before the City Prosecutor of Parañaque dated June 28 and released to media on Thursday, accused TRLEI’s Chief Executive Adviser Dindo A. Espeleta of committing three counts of perjury.

Mr. Espeleta previously filed a petition claiming APMI supplied defective LED lights worth $4.5-million to TRLEI’s casino-resort Okada Manila. The case has been dismissed.

BusinessWorld reported on June 17 that TRLEI sought the reopening of their petition against APMI after it was dismissed in May 18 by Parañaque City prosecutors for lack of probable cause.

Mr. Yokota, in his complaint, pointed out that Mr. Espeleta made three false assertions in his complaint affidavit against APMI, specifically in paragraphs 23, 24 and 36.1(v).

“(Mr. Espeleta) made perjurious and false allegations that: (a) he did not know that APMI will not manufacture the LED strips supplied to TRLEI; (b) APMI misrepresented and agreed that it would manufacture said LED strips; and (c) APMI is not authorized to engage in the business of manufacturing LED strips suitable for outdoor use,” Mr. Yokota’s complaint read.

Mr. Yokota explained the TRLEI executive “willfully and deliberately made assertions of falsehoods” as “the truth of the matter is that from the beginning, TRLEI was aware that some components of the LED products would be sourced from corporations other than APMI.” — Dane Angelo M. Enerio