MABALACAT CITY — “I will voluntarily walk back to jail if there is at least one of 10,000 home units that was double sold.”
Thus said Globe Asiatique Realtty Corp. President Delfin Lee said when he visited Xevera Mabalacat housing community, 4 1/2 years after he was detained for the alleged P7-billion housing scam involving Xevera Bacolor and Mabalacat.
Lee said “it feels good to be back” in the community where he built home for the people.
Xevera housing developer Delfin Lee (3rd left front row) holds a press conference at the Mabalacat City Hall with Mayor Cris Garbo and officers of Xevera Mabalacat Homeowners Association after he was released from jail last week. — Photo by Deng Pangilinan
He said he will help rebuild the community and move on.
“How can I turn my back on my homeowners? I feel that it’s my moral obligation to see them and the changes here. It’s time to rebuild this community and move on,” Lee said during the flag ceremony at the Mabalacat City Hall.
Lee was released on bail last Thursday after the Supreme Court downgraded his syndicated estafa case to simple estafa.
Lee wants to talk to Pagibig officials to once and for all settle the issues besettling the homeowners of Xevera.
“Hindi nako galit. Ang gusto ko sana makausap ang Pagibig, ayusin na lang namin at pag-usapan na lang ang problema lalong-lalo na involved ung mga homeowners dahil sila ang kawawa dito,” he added.
Lee said he had not returned home to his family since he was freed on Thursday.
“I wanted to come here before I go back to my family,” he said.
Lee said that during his stay at the Pampanga Provincial Jail, he helped establish a cooperative for the inmates.
“They treated me well in jail. I think my fellow inmates are going to miss me,” Lee added.
Rolando Santos, Xevera Mabalacat Homeowners Association officer, lauded Lee for his concern and support of the homeowners of the community.
Santos said Lee is not a bogus developer but a philantrophist and true friend of the Mabalaqueños.
Lee met with Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo and local government employees at the city hall inside Xevera homes and toured around the community and the school which he named after her late mother, the Doña Asuncion Lee Integrated School.