‘I’m happy, I thank God,’ Lepeng on case acquittal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:15

“I am very happy and I thank God the truth has come out.”

These were the words of businessman Le Peng Wee spoken during a press conference at his residence after the Court of Appeals acquitted him and two other co-accused in connection with the controversial case of 39 drums of assorted chemicals seized by the Bureau of Customs in year 2000.

Wee said that for more than 12 years of ordeal, his family has been very supportive of him as he was very innocent of the charges of unlawful importation or smuggling under Paragraph 4 of Section 3601 of the Tariff and Customs Code and violation of Section 13 (d) of the Republic Act 6969 respectively was filed in court against him and two others. They were convicted by the Regional Trial Court in 2010 but the Court of Appeals reversed the ruling acquitting him and his co-accused.

Weesaid his first plan is to have a vacation with his family and continue managing his businesses.

Despite the RTC unfavorable decision, Wee said he still believes in the country’s justice system.

Asked what was his feeling when the case was pending in court, Wee revealed that he was confident that God will help an innocent person

He added that in 12 years of ordeal, the operations of his businesses were affected and even abandoned.

The businessman added that with the decision of the Court of Appeals, he will resume a normal life and continue managing his businesses as well as helping other people.

Wee said he has no plans of taking legal actions against those who filed the charges against him, saying he has already forgiven them.

The Court of Appeals decision that acquitted Wee, Lim and Foo was promulgated last December 11, 2012

The evidences presented by the defense convinced the CA that the 39 drums of chemical donot belong to Wee.

In the decision, CA states that “the assailed judgment dated February 8, 2010 of the Regional Trial Court Branch 12, Zamboanga City in so far as the convictions of appellants Nancy Lim, Tan Nge Foo in criminal case number 17317 is hereby affirmed in toto. The judgment of conviction, however, of appellant Wee Dee Ping in criminal case number 17317 is reversed and set aside. Appellant Wee Dee Ping is ordered acquitted on ground of reasonable doubt.”

The assailed judgment of conviction of appellant Nancy Lim, Tan Nge Foo and Wee Dee Ping in criminal case number 18754, on other hand, has been ordered reversed and set aside. Lim, Tan and Wee were acquitted on ground of reasonable doubt.

The court order was signed by Associate Justices Renato Francisco, Edgardo Camello and Oscar Badelles. – Dan Toribio Jr.